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Kazakhstan - OPCAT Situation

Updated 31.07.2017

Kazakhstan ratified the OPCAT in 2008 with a declaration under Article 24 (OPCAT) postponing the establishment of its NPM for a few years. In July 2013 the government adopted the law designating the Commissioner for Human Rights as NPM in cooperation with civil society and public monitoring commissions which are based throughout the country. The NPM started to be operational in April 2014.

The SPT visited Kazakhstan in September 2009. The visit report has not been made public yet.

The SPT member Arman Danielyan is the SPT Focal Point for Kazakhstan.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification October 22, 2008
OPCAT Ratification comment

Ratification with a declaration Under Article 24, part IV OPCAT

UNCAT Ratification August 26, 1998
NPM Designated

Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with public monitoring commissions and civil society

NPM Type

Ombuds Plus Institution

NPM Legal Framework

NPM Law No. 111-V (2 July 2013) - English unofficial version

Law on the Commissioner for Human Rights (September 2002)

Population 17 948 816
Area (sq km) 2 724 900
Number of prisons 94
Prison population 49 821
Quick links

Communication to the SPT: Official correspondence from Kazakhstan (January 2015)

SPT: Visit (20-29 September 2016) - Press release

CAT: Concluding Observations (November 2008)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (March 2010)

SRT: Report (May 2009)