Prevention of Torture in Kazakhstan discussed at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

On September 19, 2018 a side event on Prevention of Torture in Kazakhstan took in the margins of the 39th session of the Human Rights Council. The event was jointly organized by the Coordination Council of the National Preventive Mechanism against Torture in Kazakhstan, the Office of the Ombudsman and the UNDP, with assistance of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Geneva.

Among the participants of the meeting were the delegations of Member and Observer States of the Human Rights Council as well as representatives of international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

The side event aimed at presenting Kazakhstan's experience in the area of prevention of torture, with a particular focus on the functioning of the National Preventive Mechanism against Torture (NPM) in Kazakhstan.

The NPM was established in 2014 in accordance with the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture ratified by the Republic of Kazakhstan. The mechanism allows independent monitoring of the correctional institutions, including penitentiary institutions, by members of the NPM Coordination Council- representatives of national human rights organizations – with the aim to prevent and detect facts of torture and other ill-treatment.

Among the speakers of the side event were the Secretary of the NPM Coordination Council, Kazakhstan's candidate for membership in the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, independent expert- Ms. Saule Mektepbayeva; members of the NPM Coordination Council, Chairpersons of Kazakh NGOs "Charter for Human Rights" – Mrs. Zhemis Turmagambetova and "Union of Crisis Centers of Kazakhstan "- Mrs. Zulfiya Baisakova, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Justice, General Prosecutor's Office and the Ombudsman's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan. At the opening of the event the Director of the UNDP Office in Geneva Mrs. Maria Luisa Silva also made a speech on behalf of the organizers.

The meeting discussions were centered around the issues of the key outcomes of the 5-years existence of the NPM in Kazakhstan as well as the next steps to be undertaken with the aim to further improve the torture prevention mechanism in our country.

Created at : 20.09.2018, 09:30, Updated at : 20.09.2018, 09:30