Kazakh civil society prepares for upcoming UPR

The Centre organized several trainings for Kazakh civil society, focusing on the UPR and the Human Rights Committee, and participated in a round table with government.

Workshop in Almaty with the new generation of Human Rights Defenders, 20 February 2019.

Kazakhstan was reviewed by the Human Rights Committee in 2016. As a result, several recommendations were adopted. The Concluding Observations are available here. Kazakhstan’s UPR is coming up in November 2019. The Centre, together with its partner, the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (KIBHR), organized workshops for several groups of national civil society, to make sure that they holistically utilize the human rights mechanisms at their disposal. The goal of the workshops is to ensure that the Human Rights Committee’s recommendations that are not (fully) implemented, will be reiterated during the UPR process.


Many activities were organized by the Centre and KIBHR in Kazakhstan.

  • On 18 February, a workshop was organized for national NGOs on the assessment of the implementation of the Human Rights Committee recommendations. This assessment will be included in the UPR submission of this coalition.
  • On 19 February, the Centre participated in two meetings with the Kazakh authorities to stress the importance of Kazakhstan’s participation and commitment to these human rights mechanisms. The Centre presented the follow-up letter of the Human Rights Committee, that was published in August 2018.
  • On 20 February, a new generation of human rights defenders received a training on strategic advocacy. They highlighted several issues that will be discussed in their alternative report, and assessed their implementation.

Main concerns

Civil society in Kazakhstan is primarily concerned about the freedom of expression, assembly and association. They were also concerned about the fact that the Zhanaozen events were never investigated by an independent commission.

Other important issues were torture, discrimination, deaths in custody, independence of the judiciary, violence against women, freedom of religion, the fight against terrorism and extremism, etc.

The new generation of human rights defenders focused on discrimination, freedom of expression, electoral rights and rights of persons with disabilities.

Next steps

The deadline for alternative submissions for Kazakhstan’s UPR is 28 March. The pre-sessions will take place in September or October 2019. The actual review will take place in November 2019. You can find more information here.

Kazakhstan will also be reviewed by several Treaty Bodies in the near future:

  • CESCR: end of February 2019
  • CRPD: first State report submitted in June 2017, first review most likely in 2020
  • CEDAW: fifth State report submitted in July 2018, review process including adoption of List of Issues will probably start in 2019
  • CAT: fourth State report submitted in December 2018, review process including adoption of List of Issues will probably start in 2019/2020
  • HR Committee: third State report due in July 2020
  • CRC: combined fifth and sixth State report due in September 2021
  • CED: second State report due in March 2022
  • CERD: combined eight to tenth State report overdue since September 2017

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