Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) have compiled a joint briefing paper for the upcoming review of Kazakhstan by the UN Human Rights Committee on 14-15 July 2011. This will be the first time that Kazakhstan’s record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is reviewed since it ratified the treaty in 2006.
The briefing paper surveys the implementation in Kazakhstan of three rights protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR): freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of religion. Based on a review of relevant legislation, as well as information reported by Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law and other NGOs, the briefing paper outlines major concerns and makes recommendations for steps that the authorities of Kazakhstan should be urged to take to improve the current situation.
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