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Kazakhstan: Kanat Saudabayev: Kazakhstan’s Movement Towards Greater Democracy is Unequivocal and Unambiguous
On September 9, Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan spoke at the presentation of the “National Human Rights Action Plan of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2009-2012”, attended by representatives of government agencies and diplomatic corps accredited in Kazakhstan.
Secretary Saudabayev noted that on the eve of its chairmanship in the OSCE, Kazakhstan is doing a great deal of work bringing national legislation into accordance with international standards. Amendments to the laws on election, political parties and media have been introduced. The amendments implement the instructions of the President outlined in the state program “The Path to Europe”, and also comply with provisions stated by him at the 17th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Kazakhstan is ready for further development of legislative framework and consistent alignment according to international standards of human rights. Promotion and protection of human rights can’t be implemented without taking into account international experience and that fact has determined Kazakhstan’s decision to accede to relevant UN covenants and treaties on human rights including International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and also on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Active work is going on in this direction: the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan is working on possible ratification of the Covenant on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities, the first international treaty in the sphere of human rights of the XXI century.
According to the Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign Affairs, “there are necessary prerequisites for their further improvement at the present stage of political development in Kazakhstan. For our country, developing as a secular, democratic and legal state, this statement is not a simple tribute to legal traditions. It is a firm tenet and absolute condition for further progress of the country».
“Since Kazakhstan became independent, the success of Kazakhstan project to build the state has received deserved recognition in the international community, which was proved by Kazakhstan’s election as chairman of the OSCE in 2010. Due to consistent commitment to the choice based on providing the rule of law and effective protection of human rights, peace and harmony are maintained in Kazakhstan, social and economical development is ensured and geography of foreign policy is expanded. Due to the reserve of solidity and reserves accumulated in previous years, our country successfully resists the negative effects of global economic upheaval, confirming the strength of the President’s strategy on building a new Kazakhstan,” Kanat Saudabayev said.
Secretary of State –Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that the creation of conditions for high-quality life of our citizens is an important function of the state in terms of providing human rights. That is why Kazakhstan’s leaders are considering effective socio-economic policy of the state as one of the top priorities in protecting the rights of its citizens.
One of the efficient indicators of compliance of fundamental human rights in our state is the desire by tens of thousands of foreigners seeking Kazakhstan’s citizenship.
Speaking about the further process of building democracy, the Secretary said: “We recognize that building democracy is a process that has no end and there can not be such a thing as a perfect democracy. Yet, there is a notion movement, and the movement of Kazakhstan and of our President, chosen during the first days of independence, is unequivocal and unambiguous, and it is one towards a greater democracy, the rule of the law and the protection of rights and freedom for everyone.
Kazakhstan remains committed to all its obligations under the relevant UN conventions, and others documents of international rights. Our state will continue to liberalize the national legislation according to the needs of the developing society of Kazakhstan, carefully studying the recommendations of our foreign partners.
As evidence of our openness for such recommendations we consider the successful cooperation, which led to the development and adoption of the current National Plan.
Mr. Haoliang Xu, UNDP Resident Representative - UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan noted, “The United Nations puts the human rights into prospective at the discussion of aspects of development, regarding the promotion and protection of human rights as an essential requirement for achieving the vision of the Charter of the Justice and Peace”. He is sure that the implementation of the National Plan in the sphere of human rights in Kazakhstan will contribute to a more complete and effective implementation of policy, implementation of respect for human rights and freedom and further movement to a dialog between civil society and the government on a high level. Mr. Xu said, “The Plan has the practical value for implementation of the Government’s program “The Path to Europe”, in particular, for the government’s efforts to put the national legislation into accordance with international standards on the eve of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE in 2010”.
Mr. Paul Brummel, the British Ambassador, noted that “Kazakhstan’s Constitution enshrines a person, his life, rights and freedoms as the state’s highest values.” The Ambassador expressed hope that the implementation of Plan’s recommendations will lead to fundamental changes in the legislation, as well as into the work of institutions and the system of control mechanisms in the area of human rights, which should in general improve the lives of the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”
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