Human Rights Council – Universal Periodic Review
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Date: Friday 12 February (morning)
Country under review: KAZAKHSTAN
Concerned country - national report
- Represented by a 24-person delegation and headed by the Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Yerbol Orynbayev
- National report presented by H.E. Mr. Yerbol Orynbayev
- Action Plan to eradicate torture by 2013.
- Indefinite moratorium on executions until full abolition of the death penalty.
- People with incomes below the poverty line dropped from 50 to 12 percent over the past ten years.
- Women make up 40 percent of all small and medium entrepreneurs.
- Committed to have women in at least 30 percent of all elected and appointed posts by 2016.
- Increased public spending on education. Built 650 new schools.
- Strengthening of social and economic protection of persons with disabilities.
- Standing invitation to all Human Rights Council’s special procedures.
- Elected to the 2010 Chairmanship-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Number of States taking part in the interactive discussion
- Member States: 25
- Observer States: 29
- Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence.
- National Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2012.
- Introduction of jury trials.
- Adoption of a gender equality strategy.
- Visit of the Special Rapporteur on torture.
- Ratification of various international human rights treaties, including the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Issues and questions raised
- Cases of torture, inter alia by the police force.
- Child labour.
- Discrimination against women, sexual harassment in the work place and trafficking.
- Freedom of expression for media, in particular internet media.
- Independence of the judiciary.
- Quality of education and inclusion of disabled children.
- Religious minorities.
- Expulsion of refugees and asylum seekers.
- Establish an independent mechanism to prevent and investigate cases of torture.
- Investigate and prosecute violations of the rights of human rights defenders and journalists.
- Strengthen independence of the judiciary and impartiality of court processes.
- Enact comprehensive laws to address trafficking of women.
- Increase women participation in the decision-making process.
- Review the legislation on media, in particular on criminal libel and access to internet.
- Enhance the protection of children.
- Abolish death penalty.
- Ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
- Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol.
Response of the concerned country
- Rights of children – Awareness-raising and educational campaign to prevent stigmatization of children with HIV infection. Interministerial commission to address the problem of crime involving children and take initiatives to protect homeless children.
- Freedom of expression – Constitution prohibits censorship and legislation on the media was recently liberalized. Limitation of information provided on the internet directed against illegal information, e.g. racial discrimination.
- Religious freedom – Protected by the Constitution and the criminal code.
- Human trafficking – Criminal provisions and training of police force to combat trafficking.
Adoption of the report by the UPR working group scheduled on
Tuesday 16 February, 12:00 – 12:30