Human Rights

Kazakhstan’s work on human rights in Kazakhstan has been recognized on an international level, in particular by the UN Human Rights Council and the Committee against Torture. Kazakhstan has also attracted foreign partners for joint human right’s projects, including the OSCE, UN Children’s Fund, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Penal Reform International. In 2012, the United Nations elected Kazakhstan to the Human Rights Council for a three year term. 

Kazakhstan has consistently recognized the importance of human rights to the success of the country. The first article of the constitution even states that the highest values of Kazakhstan's human rights are “an individual, his life, rights and freedoms.” There is a recognition that while the post-Soviet situation was not ideal upon independence, the government has made many public efforts towards improving Kazakhstan's human rights. There are many positive areas of progress to highlight that underscore these initiatives.
 In tandem to serving on the UNHRC, Kazakhstan's UN mission held the Vice Chairmanship of the UN Human Rights Office.

Kazakhstan adopted new versions of the Criminal Code, Criminal Executive Code and new Criminal Procedure Code which will serve to expand equality, curb corruption and strengthen the judiciary in the country. 

What is the relationship between Kazakhstan and the UN Human Rights Council?


Bilateral meetings of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the United States and Kazakhstan regularly reinforce both country's commitment to human rights, democracy, media and independent organizations in Kazakhstan.

In 2015 Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov attended the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Conference on Disarmament where he reminded all delegates that Kazakhstan submits periodic reports to the UN showing compliance with all major international policies. Idrissov also held bilateral meetings with Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Michael Möller, acting director-general of the UN office in Geneva. Tleuberdi notes that Kazakhstan has regularly welcomed international special rapporteurs examining key human issues like Right to Peaceful Assembly.