OSCE: IBAHRI and ICJ hold a joint event on the independence of lawyers in Kazakhstan
Today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the ICJ held a side event in the framework of the OSCE’s Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) on Access to Justice in Vienna.
The event aimed to give an overview of current challenges and key organizational and procedural barriers faced by lawyers in Kazakhstan, in the light of international standards on the independence and role of lawyers.
At the event, lawyers from Kazakhstan as well as international experts discussed what guarantees should be ensured in the planned reform of the legal profession to guarantee professional autonomy and to strengthen the independence of lawyers.
Any undue interference with the independence of the current Bar Association in Kazakhstan would be contrary to international law and standards and would have a significant negative effect not only for Kazakhstan’s justice system but also for the wider Central Asia region.