Kazakh Human Rights Office Received 1,340 Requests for Assistance in 2015, Says New Report

ASTANA – Kazakh Commissioner for Human Rights Askar Shakirov presented a report of the National Ombudsman’s work in 2015 to President Nursultan Nazarbayev Feb.24, reported the press service of the Akorda.

The document reflected the analysis of the human rights situation in the country, including received complaints of citizens, human rights projects, regional monitoring and information of the state bodies, NGOs and international organisations.

The report marked urgent problems in the sphere of human rights in Kazakhstan and measures to address it, the press release informed.

The Ombudsman received 1,340 written and oral requests for the protection of human rights. The majority were from Astana and Almaty, as well as Karaganda and the Almaty and East Kazakhstan regions.

Mostly, the citizens complained about violations caused by law enforcement agencies, the actions and decisions of courts, penitentiary institutions and public administration. Shakirov noted that the Plan of the Nation 100 Concrete Steps fully addresses the mentioned problems.

According to the press release, each complaint was considered in accordance with the law and 18.9 percent of violation cases were confirmed and resolved.

The Ombudsman implemented interaction with the state bodies through a joint consideration of complaints and consultative dialogue platforms.

The state institution participated in 212 national and 53 international events. The office of the Ombudsman itself organised and conducted 12 training events in seven regions of the country covering all public groups.

At the international level, the office carried out cooperation with all major global and regional organisations in the field of human rights, including the United Nations, UNICEF, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union, Council of Europe, the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions and many others.

Also, during 2015, Shakirov held meetings with the leadership of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organisation for Migration, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Refugees, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, as well as human rights representatives of the Netherlands, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Russia and UN special rapporteurs.

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