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Kazakhstan creates Child Rights Protection Committee

© UNICEF Kazakhstan 2006
A girl in the capital, Astana

Astana, 21 February 2006: The Government of Kazakhstan has established its first Child Rights Protection Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of  Education and Science.

At an official meeting with UNICEF, Ms. Raisa Sher, Deputy Director of the new Committee said: “The foundation of this Committee is the next logical step in Government efforts to
create a child-friendly society to ensure the rights of all children, especially the marginalized, in line with national laws and international treaties.

The Committee is mandated to develop and implement state policy on child rights protection and establish an effective system to guarantee the rights of all children. The Committee will coordinate inter-sectoral efforts on child rights, including collaboration with international organizations, public institutions, NGOs and mass media and initiate relevant legal reform, as well as providing expert assistance and analytical information on child protection.     

© UNICEF Kazakhstan 2006
Children muffled against the winter cold in the capital, Astana.

Paving the way for national report

One of the Committee’s major tasks for 2006 is preparation and consolidation of all ministerial inputs to the Government Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, due on 10 September.

Kazakhstan submitted its First State Report to the Committee in 2003. In its concluding observations, the Committee called on the country to set up a permanent government body for child rights.

Kazakhstan’s newly established Child Rights Protection Committee is a state agency that will consider personal appeals on child rights issues from the general public. It will also focus on the quality of services for children provided by the state agencies and other public organizations. If these fall below the minimum standards required, those responsible will be brought to account.  

“This Committee will create a sound institutional framework for implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Kazakhstan,” said Alexandre Zouev, UNICEF Representative. “And it will contribute to the establishment of a Child Rights Ombudsman system, planned for 2006-2007 under the European Commission EIDHR project, implemented by UNICEF.”

The Committee will have a network of regional branch offices and is expected to  become UNICEF’s main Government partner in an alliance to realise child rights in Kazakhstan. 

For more information:

Gauhar Abdygaliyeva, Communication Officer, UNICEF Kazakhstan: (+7 3172) 32 83 07, e-mail:




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