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Implementing UN recommendations in Kazakhstan


Monday, October 4, 2010

The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the venue for a one-day round-table event on 1 October devoted to exploring the extent to which recent recommendations of the UN human rights machinery have been implemented in practice. The event was attended by a wide range of actors including the UN Special Rapporteur, Professor Manfred Nowak, and covered issues such as conditions of detention, monitoring of places of detention and the establishment of an NPM in the country.

Date: 01 October 2010
Place: Astana, Kazakhstan
Purpose: To discuss the implementation of the recommendations of the UN human rights machinery regarding torture in Kazakhstan.
Partners: Coalition of NGOs against Torture
Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan
OHCHR’s Regional Office in Central Asia
Penal Reform International, Central Asia
Prosecutor’s Office
Activities: The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the venue of a one-day round-table event on 1 October 2010 devoted to exploring the extent to which recent recommendations of the UN human rights machinery have been implemented in practice. These included the recommendations made in the light of visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to Kazakhstan in May 2009 as well as those of the UN Committee against Torture in relation to its examination of Kazakhstan’s second periodic report in November 2008.

The event was attended by a wide range of actors including the UN Special Rapporteur, Professor Manfred Nowak, and covered issues such as conditions of detention, monitoring of places of detention and the establishment of an NPM in the country. An APT representative was invited to speak at the event on this latter topic. Effective investigations into acts of torture, compensation and rehabilitation of victims, and the role of civil society with regards to preventing acts of torture also featured during the day’s discussion.
Outcome: During the day a great deal of attention was devoted to the institution of an NPM in the country. In particular, participants commented on a draft NPM law which has been elaborated by the Ministry of Justice. Regrettably, as it stands, the draft law falls short of what is required by the OPCAT text, especially in relation to the issue of independence. Nonetheless, it is hoped that as a result of the meeting the Kazakh authorities will be encouraged to move swiftly forward with a view to acting on the important recommendations of the aforementioned UN human rights bodies, including the establishment of an NPM in line with the provisions of the OPCAT.
Documents: Agenda: English Russian
Contact Person: Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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