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Kazakhstan reviewed under the UPR
Monday, 15 February 2010 16:52

On the morning of 12 February 2010, the Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Kazakhstan. The large, high-level delegation was led by Mr Yerbol Orynbayev, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, who used the opening statement to address a wide range of issues, including responding comprehensively to a number of advanced questions. The ensuing constructive dialogue was a balance between praise for Kazakhstan’s progress in human rights and constructive criticism. While States complimented Kazakhstan for its adoption of a national program of action on human rights for 2009-1012, issuing a standing invitation to United Nations special procedures, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the areas of poverty reduction and access to primary education, a significant number of States also offered constructive criticism and recommendations in the following areas:

  • Encouraging the continuation of Kazakhstan’s zero tolerance approach to torture and the need to establish an independent monitoring mechanism for all places of detention in accordance with the provisions of the Convention against Torture.
  • Ensuring the effective implementation of the national program of action on human rights, and the need to establish a national human rights institution in accordance with the Paris Principles.
  • Ensuring the independence of the judiciary through the strengthened role of judges and lawyers in proceedings.
  • Better guaranteeing the freedom of expression and freedom of the press through relaxing media laws and encouraging a review of provisions of the Criminal Code in relation to the criminal offence of libel.
  • Despite efforts to promote interfaith dialogue, the need for further measures to ensure freedom of religion.
  • Encouraging the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances.
  • Advancing efforts to combat human trafficking and the need for adequate assistance for victims of trafficking, including the provision of shelters.
  • The need for increased efforts to promote women’s rights and combat violence against women, including through addressing the persistence of traditional stereotypes which negatively impact women’s rights.
  • The need to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the second optional protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the optional protocol to the Convention against Torture.

The delegation of Kazakhstan drew upon a wide range of representatives to respond twice during the review and provide comprehensive and at times self-critical answers to questions asked. The delegation assured the Working Group that all recommendations and observations will be given proper consideration by the Government and expressed its thanks for the ‘open and highly constructive discussion’. Despite the 2-minute time limit for oral interventions, approximately 15 States were unable to speak due to time constraints.

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