Today, the Commissioner for human rights in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Shakirov, has sent an appeal to the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan regarding the upcoming judicial trial of the criminal case associated with incidents that took place in Mangystau region in December 2011. The aim of the appeal is to request for the assistance to ensure provided by the law procedural forms of supervision during the trial of the named case in accordance with article 17 of the Constitutional Law “Concerning the judicial system and status of judges of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”
As is known, the above mentioned incidents associated with human victims, including as a result of use of firearms, have produced a wide public response not only inside the country but also abroad. Significant attention that is given to the topic by representatives of international and human rights protection organizations during the meetings with the ombudsman is a proof to it.
The appeal notes that the Head of the State during the visit to the region made public the comprehensive assessment of the incidents that took place. The Government was instructed with a number of orders as a result of which measures on prompt solution to the social and economic problems were taken, a program on further development of Zhanaozen town was developed. The investigative team has conducted an appropriate investigation the findings of which were officially announced. The constitutional right of citizens of the region to vote during the elections to the highest legislative and local representative organs was ensured. Currently, more than 2000 oil industry workers are provided with jobs, the work on restoration of the city infrastructure is being implemented, organizational and personnel measures in regards to the guilty officials were taken, certain individuals were brought to criminal responsibility.
At the same time, constant monitoring of the situation that is being conducted since the beginning of the incidents that took place, including information from media resources, establishes grounds to state that mixed assessments and opinions continue to exist up until now which, in general, does not add to the full settlement of the situation in the region.
The named circumstances appeal for a maximum attention and high professionalism during the court trial of this unprecedented case.
As is known, the problem of ensuring access to justice and equality of parties in judicial procedures is one of the most urgent and is of priority character both under the human rights angle and the international law in general. The Constitution and the International Covenant on civil and political rights guarantee these rights to citizens of Kazakhstan.
The above mentioned appeal was sent under the Memorandum of Cooperation concluded between the Chairman of the Supreme Court and the Commissioner for human rights in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Press-service of the Commissioner for human rights Republic of Kazakhstan