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UN Human Rights Council

The cooperation between Kazakhstan and the UN Human Rights Council is at a high level and has been growing substantially over the last few years. At the 67th session of the UNGA in New-York in November 2012 Kazakhstan has been elected, by 183 UN Member States, to serve as a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2013-2015. During these three years of membership Kazakhstan has been actively participating in the work of the HRC.

In addition to being a member of the HRC, in 2014 Kazakhstan has served as Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG), by far the most numerous and heterogeneous geographical group of the HRC.

In 2015 Kazakhstan has served as Vice-President of the Human Rights Council. The intensive work within the HRC Bureau accompanying the President of the 9th cycle of the HRC, Ambassador Joachim Ruecker from Germany, has been an invaluable experience for Kazakhstan. Throughout the 2015 Kazakhstan has been directly involved in the work of the Council, not only by co-chairing the HRC meetings, but also by taking an active part both at Ambassador’s and expert’s level in the Bureau’s work.

Kazakhstan attaches great importance to the cooperation with all HRC’s mechanisms.  In 2014 Kazakhstan has successfully completed the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Human Rights. The Government of Kazakhstan is now working towards implementing recommendations received at the UPR Review.

Kazakhstan has been also actively engaged with the mechanism of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. In 2009 Kazakhstan extended a standing invitation to all special procedures mandate holders of the Council, thus confirming our openness for a constructive cooperation with them as well as our firm commitment to further strengthen our national system of promotion and protection of human rights. Since then, the following special procedures mandate holders have visited Kazakhstan: the UN Special Rapporteur (SR) on independence of judges and lawyers (2004), the UN SR on human rights and terrorism (2006), the UN SR on torture (2009 and 2010), the UN SR on minority issues (2009), the UN SR on adequate housing (2010), the UN SR on education (2011), the UN SR on contemporary forms of slavery (2012 and 2014), the UN SR on freedom of religion and beliefs (2014), the UN SR on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (2015) and the UN SR on hazardous substances and wastes (2015).