Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva Zhanar Aitzhanova held from 6 to 13 January a number of meetings with the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif, as well as with the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association Clement Voule, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism Fionnuala Ni Aolain and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Mary Lawlor Delovoy Kazakhstan reports.
The representatives of the UN were briefed on the situation at the beginning of January 2022 in various regions of the country. The UN experts were also provided with information about the causes of the events and measures taken by the state to ensure the safety and restore normal life in the country.
It was also emphasized that the Republic of Kazakhstan remains committed to its Constitution, laws and international obligations in the field of human rights.
The UN experts thanked for the information provided and expressed interest in receiving information on the number of injured and dead among the civilian population, as well as on the access of all detainees to legal assistance.
The Permanent Mission informed that on the instructions of the President of Kazakhstan K.Tokayev a special commission is investigating crimes and acts of violence committed during the events. In this regard, it was stressed that the results of the ongoing investigation will be presented to the international community. All persons detained are guaranteed their constitutional right to receive qualified legal assistance.
In conclusion, it was agreed that UN experts will be provided with official data and information on related matters. Both sides expressed interest in continuing a direct and constructive dialogue.