The case of Kazakhstan provides an example of an evolving Ombudsman Institution. With a long culture of respect for freedom, Kazakhstan was one of the first CIS countries to establish a government institution for human rights protection. It has only recently however, with the support of international organizations like the UN and Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, created a full-fledged Ombudsman Institution. Today, “the office of the Ombudsman in Kazakhstan is an independent institution with social and political authority that does in practice contribute to improvements in human rights and freedoms in the republic.” While “it would be misleading to say that all the problems related to human rights and the legal interests of Kazakh citizens have been solved,” the complaints that the Ombudsman Institution receives does indeed shed light onto the human rights problems that people face every day.
|Topic:||National Human Rights Institutions|
|Region:||Europe & CIS|
|Resource Type:||Case Study|
Comments are closed.