Articles by Valentina Fironova

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Kazakhstan Complies with Highest Int’l Human Rights Standards, Says Rights Commission Chair

Kuanysh Sultanov, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights under the President of Kazakhstan discussed  the organisation in an interview with this newspaper. Practice proves that national harmony and stability increase when society’s interests and human rights mix harmoniously. Does this apply to the commission’s monitoring operations? Human rights are not just declarations. Our country,…

Mazhilis Discusses Bill Restricting Use of Traumatic Weapons

ASTANA – On May 29, the Mazhilis of Kazakhstan’s Parliament discussed the legal aspects of the use and acquisition of traumatic weapons at a round table chaired by Speaker Nurlan Nigmatullin. Traumatic weapons are non-lethal or less-lethal weapons, especially firearms that are intended for use against an unarmed person, particularly for self-defence or crowd control.…

Personnel Assessment Spurs Reform Process for Law Enforcement Agencies

ASTANA – In his state-of-the-nation address in January 2012, President Nursultan Nazarbayev attached great importance to reforming the nation’s law enforcement bodies and special services. Part of that reform process is an assessment of the nation’s law enforcement services which took place over the year 2012 overseen by the so called Higher Assessment Commission (HAM).…