Kazakhstan ratifies Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Astana, Dec 7 (EFE) – The Kazakh Senate approved on Thursday the law on ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed by this Central Asian country in February this year.

“This is a new step for Kazakhstan to guarantee the rights of the child,” said Senator Talgat Zhunisov.

He explained that with the protocol’s ratification, Kazakh children or their representatives will be able to directly submit complaints about violations of their rights to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

“Kazakhstan will continue to incorporate international human rights standards into national legislation in close cooperation with international partners and civil society,” Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko said at a conference dedicated to Human Rights Day, which falls on Sunday.

However, despite the progress in the field of human rights, the UN resident coordinator in Kazakhstan, Michaela Friberg-Storey, believes that the republic’s authorities should continue to work in this direction.

“In principle there is progress, but it is necessary to continue working in all these areas,” Friberg-Storey told EFE, stressing that “it is not only important to pass laws and implement them, but also for institutions to monitor respect for human rights and be able to report on people’s rights.”

In her opinion, the current priority in Kazakhstan should be to legislate on combating domestic violence against women and children.

“Paradoxically, sometimes the most dangerous place for women and children can be the home. Kazakhstan is not the only country where the problem of domestic violence exists. This is a global challenge,” she said. EFE


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