RIGHTS OF ORALMANS, STATELESS PERSONS & REFUGEES IN KAZAKHSTAN

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION ON THE REPORTS

  • ON THE SITUATION CONCERNING THE RIGHTS OF ORALMANS, STATELESS PERSONS & REFUGEES IN KAZAKHSTAN
  • ON THE SITUATION CONCERNING  THE  HUMAN RIGHTS IN KAZAKHSTAN IN 2011

Discussants:

Tastemir Abishev
Secretary, Commission on Human Rights to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Saber Azam
Regional Representative / Coordinator of UNHCR for CA

11:00–11:20 / Welcome speech

11:20–12:10     / Discussion of the report

12:10–12:30 / Questions & answers / Wrapping up

co-hosted by
CENTER FOR MEDIA AND SOCIETY

On October 19, 2012 KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC), in cooperation with the Center for Media and Society hosted the presentation of two recent reports of the Commission on Human Rights to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan: “Special report on the situation of oralmans, stateless persons and refugees in the Republic of Kazakhstan” and “Report on the human rights situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2011”.

The invited guests were Dr. Saber Azam, Regional Representative/Regional Coordinator of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for Central Asia and Mr. Tastemir Dautovich Abishev, the Secretary of the Commission on Human Rights to the President of the Republic Kazakhstan.

The two reports presented are strongly related and are part of the series of efforts of the United Nations and the Republic of Kazakhstan to resolve the issue of refugees and other migrants arriving to the country. As Mr. Abishev noted, there are approximately 8000 stateless persons on the territory of Kazakhstan and it is the task of the government to ascertain that their basic rights are protected.

Above this number there are around 3-4000 refugees in the country, mostly arriving from Afghanistan, for whom setting up a new life is difficult due to the existing rigid regulation. This is why the UN report recommended to expand the terms of the refugee status for an indefinite period, so that it would enable the younger generation of refugees to access higher education, as Mr. Azam highlighted.

The event was organized as a part of the cooperation between the United Nations agencies in Kazakhstan and KIMEP University, based on the Memorandum signed by the two parties last year. The lecture was attended by approximately 80 KIMEP students and professors, outsider attendees and several news agencies.

UN REFUGEE AGENCY AND CENTRAL ASIA

UN REFUGEE AGENCY AND CENTRAL ASIA

THURSDAY, 25 JANUARY
17:30–18.30 / HALL#2
NEW BUILDING

BY DR. SABER AZEM
REGIONAL COORDINATOR FOR CENTRAL ASIA
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees