The NGO Dignity organized a seminar in 2016 to share the latest developments and best practices on national policies for the protection of human rights defenders, and to study the possibility of defining and implementing a national policy for human rights in Kazakhstan. Members of the government attended part of the seminar. Experts from Protection International, the International Service for Human Rights and UNHCHR, participated as in this seminar.

In 2020 there are some new initiatives to identify priorities and develop strategies for the future regarding the legislative protection of human rights defenders.

A draft law is currently being developed by civil society based on the Model Law, following human rights defender seminars in 2016 and 2021. The concept was presented to the Government in January 2022, with the crackdown on protests in January 2022 providing further impetus in the need for a human rights defender protection law (Protection Instruments-ISHR)).

Updated 12/2022

Bir Kirpish
In Kazakhstan, a draft law for a national protection mechanism for human rights defenders was developed by civil society actors....