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Human rights developments in Kazakhstan

The annual Human Rights report published today highlights work taking place in Kazakhstan.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The report highlights some of the valuable project work conducted with Kazakhstan’s government and civil society that is funded by the UK and sets out concerns on freedom of expression and of religion and belief in Kazakhstan.

The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of UK foreign policy. The UK government supports human rights, democracy and good governance around the world to increase Britain’s security, to protect British citizens overseas, and to secure political freedom globally.

To launch the report, the Foreign Secretary made a keynote speech to an audience of parliamentarians, NGOs, local ambassadors, civil society and the media. Read the Foreign Secretary’s speech in full.

The report references human rights developments in Kazakhstan in the following sections:

  • Abolition of the death penalty page 25
  • Election observation page 31
  • Freedom of Expression pages 35 and 36
  • Human Rights Defenders page 39
  • Freedom of religion or belief page 54
  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights page 97
  • OSCE engagement page 114

You can download the report in full here.

Published 15 April 2013
Last updated 16 April 2013 + show all updates
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