Kazakhstan Joins the Hague Evidence Convention

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was today informed that on 26 September 2016, the Republic of Kazakhstan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (Evidence Convention), making it the 60th Contracting State to the Convention.

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Human Rights Protection Work On-going in Kazakhstan, Ambassador Says

Human Rights Protection Work On-going in Kazakhstan, Ambassador Says

Ahead of the high-level segment of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), held each March, The Astana Times discussed cooperation between Kazakhstan and the UN and bilateral relations with Switzerland with Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Mukhtar Tileuberdi.

What is the relationship between Kazakhstan and the UN Human Rights Council?

The UNHRC is the UN’s principal body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. … Cooperation between Kazakhstan and the ...

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Kazakh Human Rights Office Received 1,340 Requests for Assistance in 2015, Says New Report

Kazakh Human Rights Office Received 1,340 Requests for Assistance in 2015, Says New Report

Kazakh Commissioner for Human Rights Askar Shakirov presented a report of the National Ombudsman’s work in 2015 to President Nursultan Nazarbayev Feb.24, reported the press service of the Akorda.

The document reflected the analysis of the human rights situation in the country, including received complaints of citizens, human rights projects, regional monitoring and information of the state bodies, NGOs and international organizations. The Ombudsman received 1,340 written and oral requests for the protection of human rights. The majority were from Astana ...

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Human rights in the spotlight of roundtable in Astana

Human rights in the spotlight of roundtable in Astana

Secretary of the State of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova participated Friday in a roundtable of the Human Rights Commission under the President of Kazakhstan dedicated to the International Human Rights Day.

“Over the years of independence Kazakhstan has done a great deal of work in order to establish the rule of law and democratic traditions reflected in our Constitution. Dynamically developing national system of human rights protection operates in the republic and the Commission and the Ombudsman Institute are ...

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EBRD launches Women in Business programme for Kazakhstan at Eurasian Women’s Summit in Astana

EBRD launches Women in Business programme for Kazakhstan at Eurasian Women’s Summit in Astana

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has officially launched its Women in Business programme in Kazakhstan. The programme, the first of its kind in Central Asia, assists women-led SMEs with accessing finance and business advice. Approximately 2,000 women-led Kazakh SMEs are expected to benefit under the programme. The programme, which is co-funded by the EBRD and the government of Kazakhstan, offers credit lines, risk management support and technical assistance to local partner banks who work with women-led SMEs ...

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Annual Human Rights Report Presented, Improves Each Year, Says Rights Official

Annual Human Rights Report Presented, Improves Each Year, Says Rights Official

The presentation of the annual report of the Human Rights Commission under Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was held Oct. 20 at the Foreign Ministry.

The document on the situation with human rights in Kazakhstan was developed with the involvement of civil society activists and legal experts and endorsed by the head of state.

The report assesses the state of human rights in the nation for the period from Jan. 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015. It provides an overview of the way ...

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Human Rights Report of Kazakhstan presented in Astana

Human Rights Report of Kazakhstan presented in Astana

The Human Rights Commission of the Kazakh President presented today its report “On Human Rights in Kazakhstan” in Astana.

Earlier, the Head of State, international and national experts had positively assessed the report which was later issued in Kazakh, Russian and English under technical auspices of the OSCE Programs Office in Astana.

According to Minister of Justice Berik Imashev, presently, the Ministry together with the interested structures and public organizations develops a draft action plan for the Government on implementation of 47 ...

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OSCE Programme Office in Astana supports human rights education for police

OSCE Programme Office in Astana supports human rights education for police

An OSCE-organized train-the-trainers course on human rights for 11 instructors from the Interior Ministry’s higher educational institutions across the country began on 12 October 2015 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The two-day training seminar is co-organized by the OSCE Programme Office Astana in partnership with the Interior Ministry and the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law.

During the event, experts from the Bureau and the Interior Ministry will conduct courses with interactive elements and share best practices and international experience. ...

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UN Special Rapporteurs commends Kazakhstan for ratifying key international human rights treaties

UN Special Rapporteurs commends Kazakhstan for ratifying key international human rights treaties

The regular meeting of the Dialogue Platform on Human Dimension, a consultative advisory body, was held on Aug. 21 at the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Chaired by Kazakh Ambassador-at-Large Usen Suleimen, the session was attended by Maina Kiai, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

Tuncak visited Kazakhstan March 26-April 8 to assess the country’s human rights record regarding the management of hazardous substances and wastes. During his 14-day mission, ...

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Poll Finds 71 Percent Approval Rating of Kazakh Judges

Poll Finds 71 Percent Approval Rating of Kazakh Judges

A new study by the UN Development Programme in Kazakhstan in cooperation with the Centre for Legal Policy Research and the Centre for Public Opinion Research found that 71.3 percent of those polled approve of Kazakhstan’s court judges, 80 percent trust them and 90 percent consider those judges competent, according to information released at a July 10 Central Communications Service (CCS) briefing.

The survey was conducted from February through May and included 12,206 court building customers from 193 regional courts who ...

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