Kazakhstan has been actively supporting the work of the Human Rights Council. Our Minister of ForeignAffairs takes part in an annual high-level meeting of the Human Rights Council.One of the hallmarks of the Kazakh OSCE chairmanship in 2010 was the consistent work of theGovernment with civil society and international experts. A clear demonstration of this collaboration wasthe establishment of a Consultative Council on the OSCE Human Dimension in 2010, comprised of officials, civil society representatives and international experts from the United Kingdom, United States,
Netherlands, Estonia and Germany. Following the completion of the Council’s work, the international
experts and civil society representatives expressed their gratitude for the formation of this essentialbody and the possibility of having an open dialogue on the current and anticipated issues in the field of human rights.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry announced the establishment of a Working Group on the Human
Dimension, which includes representatives of Government, political parties, and Kazakh civil society.Kazakhstan also invited representatives and experts from international human rights organizationsaccredited in Kazakhstan to this Group, including the Almaty Helsinki Committee, the KazakhstanInternational Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, Freedom House, NDI and others.The first meeting of the Working Group on Human Dimension took place at the Ministry of ForeignAffairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on January 14, 2013. Importance of human rights issues and
affirmative work experience at the OSCE Consultative Council on Human Dimension under Kazakhstan’sMinistry of Foreign Affairs, which was functioning in the year of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the
Organization, were the reasons to convene the Working Group on Human Dimension. As a platform fordialogue between government agencies and public sector, the working group might also be helpful in
Kazakhstan’s UN Human Rights Council membership activity starting from January 1, 2013.
The session included representatives from government agencies, Parliament and political parties,domestic and foreign NGOs. Among attendees were Adviser to the President of KazakhstanYermukhamet Yertisbayev, Commissioner for Human Rights Askar Shakirov, Executive Secretary of theMinistry of Culture and Information Zhanna Kurmangaliyeva, Member of Mazhilis (the LoKazakhstanrChamber) of the Parliament Aigul Solovyeva, Secretary of the Commission on Human Rights under thePresident of Kazakhstan Tastemir Abishev, prominent human rights activists
Zauresh Battalova,Yevgeny Zhovtis, Vitaliy Voronov, Sergey Zlotnikov, Tamara Kaleeva, Bakhyt Tumenova, ZhemysTurmagambetova, Ninel Fokina and others.The meeting was an open dialogue with representatives of NGOs on human rights issues. Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov opened the meeting by emphasizing the growing importance of human
dimension in implementation of Kazakshtan’s national policy. It is no coincidence that the head of state
in his Address to the nation on December 14, 2012 underlined the importance of focusing all our effortsto increase the quality of human potential in Kazakhstan. Idrissov urged members of the session toconduct a constructive dialogue on key issues of the agenda and asked representatives of thegovernment bodies and non-governmental organizations to learn to «listen and hear each other».