UN Elects Kazakhstan to Human Rights CouncilOn November 12 in New York, Kazakhstan was elected to the UnitedNations’ Human...
The election of Kazakhstan to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council isboth an honor and responsibility for the young st...
“Those ongoing measures led by the President of Kazakhstan received greatrecognition from the international community. Thi...
“I think it’s a good opportunity for Kazakhstan to take a real leadership role inhuman rights. Kazakh authorities have mad...
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UN Elects Kazakhstan to Human Rights Council

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On November 12 in New York, Kazakhstan was elected to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. This election acknowledges Kazakhstan’s successful consolidation of a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional population into an inclusive society of citizens.

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UN Elects Kazakhstan to Human Rights Council

  1. 1. UN Elects Kazakhstan to Human Rights CouncilOn November 12 in New York, Kazakhstan was elected to the UnitedNations’ Human Rights Council. This election acknowledges Kazakhstan’ssuccessful consolidation of a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional populationinto an inclusive society of citizens. Barely two decades old, the state ofthe Kazakhs is built on the concept of a civic nation in which ethnic,religious, and cultural identities coalesce around the common Kazakhstanicitizenship. Beyond simple tolerance, Kazakhstan respects and encouragesthe expression of those identities as a matter of individual civic rights andpersonal freedoms.Kazakhstan has implemented 90% of recommendations given by theUnited Nations Human Rights Council. This was one of the main reasonsfor the country to be elected to this international community.
  2. 2. The election of Kazakhstan to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council isboth an honor and responsibility for the young state. The UN member statesrecognized Kazakhstan for its successful dialogue and cooperation with theUN human rights body. The challenge for the Kazakh government will be toimprove human rights protection at home by fully implementing its HumanRights Plan and UN Human Rights Council’s recommendations. I believe thatthis goal will be achieved better through engaging Kazakhstan in importantUN bodies, rather than excluding and isolating a country that hasdemonstrated its desire to comply with UN human rights conventions.Kazakhstan has sought prominent positions in various internationalorganizations as part of its strategy to protect the sovereignty of the country.Margarita AssenovaDirector of Programs, Balkans, Caucasus & Central AsiaThe Jamestown Foundation
  3. 3. “Those ongoing measures led by the President of Kazakhstan received greatrecognition from the international community. This is a global assessment.This will have a major impact on the development of democracy, respect forthe constitution, and the affirmation of the legal norms.- Kuanysh Sultanov, Chairman, Kazakhstan President’s Human RightsCommission
  4. 4. “I think it’s a good opportunity for Kazakhstan to take a real leadership role inhuman rights. Kazakh authorities have made impressive results in terms ofpromoting religious harmony in their country and gender equality. This wouldbe a good opportunity for them in a very high-profile position before theinternational stage to talk a bit of the Kazakh model to show theachievements they are making. As they said they take this as a challenge toreally meet the criteria in their own in the country and the rest of the regionthat you see in the Council. So, I think it is a good opportunity for Kazakhstanand I think it’s a good contribution and a good opportunity for the rest of us.”- Richard Weitz, Director, Centre for Political-Military Analysis, HudsonInstitute

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