The ICJ has brought to the attention of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism issues concerning due process and access to justice, as well as other key issues to be addressed in the review of Kazakhstan’s compliance with international human rights.
From 27 October to 7 November 2014, the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the UPR will consider the situation of human rights in Kazakhstan. Ahead of the Working Group’s review, the ICJ has made a submission in which it has identified suggested recommendations concerning:
- Lack of access to independent and effective legal advice and representation, and its impact on the rights to liberty and to a fair hearing; and
- Legal obstacles that impede women’s access to justice, and undermine women’s enjoyment of human rights on a basis of equality and without discrimination.