Graphic: View of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan
2014 (19th Annual Meeting)
The position of Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) and the National Centre for Human Rights were established on 19 September 2002 by Articles 1 and 30 of Presidential Decree N947 (Decree N947/2002).
Role and functions
The Decree provides that the Human Rights Commissioner is responsible for supervising observance of the rights and freedoms of individuals, and must take the necessary steps within his/her competence to address the violation of rights and freedoms.
The Commissioner and Centre have a broad mandate to promote and protect human rights within Kazakhstan. These are established in Part 3, Articles 15 – 23 and include powers to:
- Receive and investigate complaints (either suo moto or in response to an application), and to take steps to protect the violated rights and freedoms of an individual and a citizen
- Participate in court hearings, and to seek a review of court findings
- Enter and stay on the territory and premises of the state agencies and organizations including military units, and to meet and speak with persons confined therein
- Review and propose improvements to legislation to bring it into conformity with the universally recognized principles and norms of international human rights law
- Facilitate legal education in the field of human rights and freedoms
- Raise public knowledge and awareness on legislation and international instruments on human rights.
Dr Askar Shakirov
Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman)
Head of the National Centre for Human Rights
- View of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan - ninara (Flickr); http://bit.ly/1RAERd7