UN High Commissioner for Human Rights praises political reforms happening in Kazakhstan
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet praised the political reforms carried out in Kazakhstan. During the online meeting with the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN Office in Geneva Zhanar Aitzhanova, Bachelet noted the Kazakh initiatives in regard to peaceful assemblies, political parties, as well as decriminalization of defamation.
In turn, Aitzhanova thanked the UN Rights Commissioner for the positive assessment, as well as for assistance provided through the implementation of projects and trainings. Aitzhanova also drew the Bachelet’s attention to the initiative of President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev that is aimed at developing a multi-party system of political competition and pluralism. In addition, she spoke about the initiative aimed at promoting the concept of parliamentary opposition. It will be presented at the constitutional level for the first time in Kazakhstan.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also reviewed the work that is carried out by Kazakhstan to strengthen the relations between the government and civil society.
At the end of the online meeting, Aitzhanova emphasized the importance of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United Nations, in particular with the human rights treaty bodies, as well as the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council and other UN mechanisms through an open and constructive dialogue. She expressed her support for the United Nations initiative to reform the treaty body system in order to optimize and improve the work efficiency.