Kazakhstan - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification October 22, 2008
OPCAT Ratification comment

Ratification with a declaration Under Article 24, part IV OPCAT

UNCAT Ratification August 26, 1998
NPM Designated

Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with public monitoring commissions and civil society

NPM Type

Ombuds Plus Institution

NPM Legal Framework

NPM Law No. 111-V (2 July 2013) - English unofficial version

Law on the Commissioner for Human Rights (September 2002)

Kazakhstan ratified the OPCAT in 2008 with a declaration under Article 24 (OPCAT) postponing the establishment of its NPM for a few years. In July 2013 the government adopted the law designating the Commissioner for Human Rights as NPM in cooperation with civil society and public monitoring commissions which are based throughout the country. The NPM started to be operational in April 2014.

The SPT visited Kazakhstan in September 2016. The visit report has not been made public yet.

The SPT member who is the SPT Focal Point for Kazakhstan is available here.