Kazakhstan elected to UN Human Rights Council

Special Issue No. 124, Nov 12, 2012

Kazakhstan has pledged to use its membership to the United Nations Human Rights Council to strengthen human rights both at home and abroad.

Kazakhstan was supported by 183 out of 193 UN Member States and elected to the Council on 12th November in New York. Kazakhstan’s membership in the Council will last from 1 January 2013 until until 2015.

Altay Abibullayev, spokesperson for Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commented:
“We are pleased to have been elected to the UN Human Rights Council. But we do not consider it solely as a badge of honor. We see it as an opportunity to contribute to global efforts for making progress in this crucial field.

The Republic of Kazakhstan has been actively supporting the work of the Human Rights Council and human rights generally.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan annually takes part in a High-level segment of the Human Rights Council.”

It should be noted that the Council was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 15 March 2006 in accordance with resolution 60/251. It is the leading international body for the protection of human rights, replacing the Commission on Human Rights.

The Council consists of 47 countries. Membership is open to all UN member states, which are elected directly and individually by secret ballot by the majority of the United Nations Member States.

In February, 2010 Kazakhstan has successfully passed the Universal Periodical Review, which is process of assessing the human rights situation in the country.

On behalf of the Government of Kazakhstan, we would like to thank the Member States of the United Nations for voting to include our young nation in the Human Rights Council. The Republic of Kazakhstan takes the appointment seriously and pledges to lead – not only from within the Council, but by example at home – in order to guarantee, that universal human rights are protected and observed across the globe.

Kazakhstan's election to the UNHRC was praised by scholars and experts.