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National Centre for Human Rights of Kazakhstan Associate Member since 2014.

House of Ministries
8 Mangilik El Street
Astana, 010 000
P: +77 172 74 0169 F: +77 172 74 0548 W: www.ombudsman.kz/en/


Commissioner for Human Rights reappointed to office

15 Sep 2017 Kazakhstan

Supporting new NHRIs in Central Asia

20 Apr 2017 Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan joins APF as associate member

02 Aug 2015 Kazakhstan
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APF membership

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)

Vyacheslav Kalyuzhnyy
Head of the National Centre for Human Rights


APF 23: Presentation by the National Centre for Human Rights of Kazakhstan

12 Sep 2018 Kazakhstan
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  1. View of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan - ninara (Flickr); http://bit.ly/1RAERd7