Astana holds dialogue between Kazakhstan and EU on human rights protection

ANA.  October 21. KAZINFORM /Galimzhan Khasenov/ Representatives of the Kazakh state structures and European Union met today in Astana for discussing key issues of human rights protection.  

Prosecutor General Kairat Mami, representatives of the National Human Rights Commission under the Kazakh President, Foreign Office, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Culture and Information, National Human Rights Center, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection as well as representatives of the European Union addressed the participants with a welcoming speech.

The session participants heard reports on such topical issues as "freedom of associations", "the law on elections, registration of political parties", "women's and children's rights", "national institutes on human rights protection and encouragement", "on capital punishment" and "the conditions of retaining convicts in prisons".  

Making a speech Deputy Chairman of Criminal Corrections Committee on the Kazakh Justice Ministry Kairbolat Yeskaliyev noted that Kazakhstan's penal system is step by step approaching international standards. Correction facilities are reconstructed; prisoners get needed medical care. 53 general education institutions are available to prisoners. Their schools are equipped with 43 computer labs. Activities on employment and vocational training of prisoners are held.

 Within the framework of development of all-round interaction and coordination of efforts in the issues of observance of human rights and freedoms the country's penal enforcement systems closely cooperates with Kazakhstan's International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law. The Criminal Corrections Committee cooperates with the OSCE Center, PRI, Freedom House and other organizations for protection of rights of prisoners.

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