|CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM (KAZAKHSTAN)|
On 17-18 May in Astana representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the General Prosecutorâ€™s Office, the Supreme Court and the Republican Collegium of Advocates of the Republic of Kazakhstan had an opportunity to benefit from training on effective and independent investigation of allegations of tortures and other forms of ill-treatment.
International experts of the Council of Europe helped participants to deepen their knowledge on essential elements of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, as well as international standards and main safeguards on effective investigation of ill-treatment. The training programme was divided into theoretical and practical parts which were delivered through training sessions and case studies.
This training is one of two trainings which are aimed at testing a new training curriculum for national training institutions developed by the Council of Europe experts. The training program on effective and independent investigation of torture and other forms of ill-treatment will be further submitted to the Law Enforcement Academy under the General Prosecutorâ€™s under the President of the Republic Kazakhstan for its integration into the continuous training programme.
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PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT ON ACCESSIBILITY OF JUDICIAL DECISIONS THROUGH PUBLICATION STANDARDS (18 JANUARY 2016, ASTANA)
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Report EN/ RU
On 18 January 2016 a round table with the participation of the CoE experts and representatives of the SC of the RK was organised with the aim of presenting the report on the accessibility to judicial decisions through publication standards. During the round table, the group of experts presented the methodology and outlined the issues addressed by the report, as well as proposed recommendations on bringing the legislative framework and practices of the RK on the accessibility to judicial decisions in line with international and European standards.
|The participants were particularly interested in such topics as open justice principles and importance of the data protection of court participants. The outcome of the round table became the exchange of experiences between European experts and representatives of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan on how to ensure the openness and transparency of the court proceedings, as well as to provide the access to information on court activities in the Age of Information Technology by means of electronic databases of court decisions and electronic judicial portals.|
TRAINING ON FAIR TRAIL GUARANTEES (28-29 OCTOBER 2015, ASTANA)
|On 28-29 October 2015 in Astana a group of Kazakh judges participated in training on the right to a fair trial under international human rights standards. They were familiarised with such important issues as the scope of protection and applicability of fair trial rights according to international standards, the right to a court, the adversarial principle, the additional guarantees of â€śfairnessâ€ť in criminal proceedings, the right to a reasoned decision and reliable evidence, the presumption of innocence, and other important topics.|
STUDY VISIT ON MEDIATION AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE TO THE
A study visit to the Netherlands was organised for Kazakh
decision-makers on operation of mediation and restorative approach to
crime and its positive impact to gain experience and to further develop
legislative provisions. In the light of its well-established mediation
institution and approaches to restorative justice, the Netherlands was
selected for a study visit for the representatives of the Supreme Court,
the Institute of Justice, the MoJ, the GPO, the Ministry of Interior,
the Republican Collegium of Advocates and mediators.
On 28-29 May 2015 in Vilnius a group of Kazakh defence lawyers
participated in the training on the right to a fair trial under
international human rights standards. They were familiarised with such
important issues as: the scope of protection and applicability of fair
trial rights according to international standards; right to a court;
independent and impartial tribunal established by law; the adversarial
principle; equality of arms, personal presence and publicity; specifics
of â€śfairnessâ€ť in criminal proceedings; right to a reasoned decision and
reliable evidence; presumption of innocence; and various aspects of the
|On 26-27 May 2015 the Kazakh delegation composed of senior management and members of the Republican Association of Advocates and a representative of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan visited the Lithuanian Bar Association. The main goal of the visit was to build co-operation with and learn from the experiences of the Lithuanian Bar Association. The Kazakh delegation visited the Barâ€™s premises and training center in Vilnius in order to have a closer insight into the its structure, mission, working procedures, disciplinary responsibility and proceedings for lawyers, eligibility requirements and organisation of entrance exam, initial and continuous legal training of lawyers and the way of developing training curriculum and other aspects.|
|of the General Prosecutorâ€™s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Vyacheslav Kalyuzhnyy, Head of the National Human Rights Centre (Ombudsman Office) and Mr Anuar Tugel, Chairman of the Republican Collegium of Advocates of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In the framework of the launching event the recent criminal justice reform was discussed. New procedural guarantees and challenges in their implementation were highlighted by the prosecution and defence lawyers.|
|On 2-3 March 2015 a roundtable on the possible accession by Kazakhstan to the Council of Europe Conventions in the criminal field was hosted in Strasbourg. The round table was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President Administration, the General Prosecutorâ€™s Office, and the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The delegation met with representatives of the Directorate of External Relations and the Directorate of Legal Advice|
and Public International Law and learnt about the Council of
Europeâ€™s policy towards neighbouring countries, as well as the phases
and procedures that govern accession by non-member states to the Council
of Europe Conventions in the criminal field.
The delegation was able to discuss important issues related to the European Conventions on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, Extradition, Transfer of Proceedings in Criminal Matters and International Validity of Criminal Judgments. The Kazakh representatives also benefited from presentations by the Group of States against corruption (GRECO) and its monitoring mechanism, the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) and the Venice Commission.