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EU-Kazakhstan Human Rights Dialogue


Brussels, 12 November 2014 – The European Union and Kazakhstan
held the sixth round of their annual Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels today. The
Kazakh delegation was led by Mr Yogan Merkel, First Deputy Prosecutor General, who
was accompanied by Mr Vyacheslav Kalyuzhnyy, Director of the National Centre for
Human Rights, and other senior officials. The EU delegation was led by Mr Silvio
Gonzato, Director for Human Rights and Democracy at the European External Action

The dialogue was held in a positive and constructive atmosphere, with open exchanges
on a wide range of issues, including freedom of expression, women’s rights, the
prevention of torture and ill-treatment of detainees, the regulatory framework for
civil society organisations, and freedom of religion or belief.

The EU welcomed Kazakhstan’s development of a functioning National Preventive Mechanism
for the monitoring of places of detention, and encouraged further steps to strengthen
the Office of the Ombudsman and the National Centre for Human Rights. The EU acknowledged
Kazakhstan’s recent engagement in the second cycle of the Universal Period Review
(UPR) process at the UN Human Rights Council, and encouraged the Kazakh authorities
to consider accepting a number of UPR recommendations that it initially did not

The EU raised concerns in relation to certain aspects of the new Criminal Code,
which could have a negative impact on freedom of expression, freedom of association
and freedom of assembly, stressed the importance of an independent press, and made
reference to individual cases. The EU restated its readiness to continue working
with Kazakhstan in the field of human rights and the rule of law, including in the
development and implementation of a new National Action Pan for human rights.
The next round of the EU-Kazakhstan Human Rights Dialogue is expected to take place
in Astana in 2015.


Catherine Ray +32 498 96 99 21 / +32 2 296 99 21


Maja Kocijancic +32 498 984 425 / +32
2 298 65 70


Eamonn Prendergast +32 460 75 32 93






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