By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
The joint European Union and Council of Europe (CoE) programme implemented in 2014 to support Kazakh authorities in bringing the nation’s criminal justice and institutional practices in line with international standards has achieved significant progress in realising the country’s legal reforms.
The programme’s results were reviewed during a special forum at CoE headquarters in Strasbourg as part of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe summer session. Executing the programme involved more than 750 representatives of the judiciary, the prosecutor’s office, law enforcement agencies, prisons, lawyers, human rights organisations, NGOs and academics, who participated in eight high-level conferences on justice and human rights organised in the Almaty and Akmola regions.
The Supreme Court, General Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commissioner for Human Rights, National Preventive Mechanism and Republican Bar Association delegations completed seven official CoE visits and participated in international conferences in Belarus, Estonia and Slovenia and study tours to Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain. Kazakh law enforcement agency representatives provided detailed information on the logic and progress of the reforms, confirming the country’s firm commitment to continuing cooperation with the CoE. The programme will end in July.