During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on human rights defenders, 2012 (accepted)
Received Sub-Committee visit
Kazakhstan tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015 on 6 June 2012.
Domestically, Kazakhstan commits to implement UN human rights recommendations (e.g. from Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures) by integrating them into its national human rights action plan. The country also pledges to table a national bill on the establishment of a national preventative mechanism (NPM) under the OPCAT, and to continue its efforts towards the gradual abolition of the death penalty.
At international level, Kazakhstan pledges to participate fully in the UPR process, and to effectively implement the recommendations generated by Special Procedures.
An analysis of steps taken by Kazakhstan in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that in 2014, the UN Committee against Torture recognised the establishment of an NPM under the OPCAT, although it also expressed concerns about its operation. Kazakhstan has taken steps to meaningfully participate in the UPR process by submitting mid-term reports. However, its participation in other countries’ reviews remains low (only 20 during the first cycle.) On paper, Kazakhstan has a strong record of cooperation with Special Procedures. It maintains a Standing Invitation, has facilitated 12 out of 17 visit requests, and has responded to almost two thirds of communications.