Statement by the Indonesian delegation at the 14th Session of the Human Rights Council – Consideration of the Final Outcome of the Review of Kazakhstan
Our delegation would like to reiterate its thanks and appreciation to the delegation of the Government of Kazakhstan for the cooperative manner in which they have demonstrated with the Working Group. The Kazakh delegation has also made appreciable efforts to answer questions put forward by the various countries in the interactive dialogue as clearly and comprehensively as possible.
The report presented by Kazakhstan attests to a genuine commitment to advance the promotion and protection of human rights in the country, in step with the reforms which the government has begun to undertake in order to endow Kazakhstan with fully democratic institutions.
In particular, Kazakhstan deserves to be congratulated on its achievements in the field of economic, social and cultural rights. Its remarkable results in education, health and social welfare are some of the best in Asia and put it comfortably within reach of those goals of related MDGs.
We also commend the government for its efforts to address the modernization of the judiciary, of trial procedures, and of detention conditions. It should continue to pursue the total eradication of torture through the implementation of its zero-tolerance policy, as well as the upgrading of all legislation relevant to the reform process within the judiciary.
We wish the government well and encourage it not to flag in its drive to implement the ambitious goals it has set itself. In this regard, it should continue to target unrestricted freedom of the press and media, and intensify its progressive measures on behalf of the rights of women, children and the disabled. An upgraded Human Rights Commission would contribute to facilitating these tasks.
Kazakhstan has shown that it is making steady progress on the path of reform, democracy and respect for human rights. We have no doubt that if it continues to cultivate its good relations with the Council’s mechanisms and special procedures this cooperation will pay valuable dividends in the form of further successes. On this basis, we fully support the adoption of the Kazakh UPR report.
Geneva, 9 June 2010