ASTANA, September 10, 2018 - A high-profile delegation representing several of Kazakhstan's state agencies will take part in the annual meeting of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODIHR/OSCE), to review the implementation of human dimension commitments, which will be conducted on 10th-21st September in Warsaw.
The official Kazakh delegation, headed by Ambassador at Large of Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhalgas Adilbaev, will consist of representatives of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Central Election Commission, the General Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Social Development, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Besides that, representatives of many non-governmental organisations from across the country are expected to attend the meeting.
The agenda of the meeting, attended by official delegations, representatives of international human rights organisations, the non-governmental sector, academia and media from 57 OSCE participating states, traditionally includes discussions on the human rights situation in the OSCE countries, guaranteeing fundamental human rights and freedoms, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, freedom of speech and media, freedom of assembly, the rights of national minorities, the promotion of democratic elections, freedom of religion and belief, gender equality, and the fight against human trafficking.
It is expected that within the meeting, the Kazakh delegation will inform their OSCE partners about the current reforms in the judicial and law enforcement system of Kazakhstan, the national legal framework, implementation of commitments in ensuring human rights and the rule of law, further democratisation of the society, and the promotion of interethnic harmony and gender balance.
In addition, the delegation intends to catch the attention of the participants to the most pressing human rights issues in the OSCE area that require immediate resolution, such as the state of affairs of religious and ethnic minorities, countering human trafficking and corruption, the situation of migrants, and the elimination of intolerance.