NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to Abolish the Death Penalty, Akorda’s press service reported on January 2.
As Kazakh foreign minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi The protocol, previously discussed in the Senate, is the second international document adopted by the United Nations in drafting the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Kazakhstan ratified in November 2005.
The use of the death penalty in Kazakhstan was completely suspended on December 17, 2003. Tokayev continued the course of active integration into global processes, taking into account the global trend. In December 2019, Tokayev directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to initiate the procedure for Kazakhstan’s accession to the Second Optional Protocol.
At the direction of the President, the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations has the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan on September 23, 2020 Kairat Omarovsigned the Second Optional Protocol.
By joining the agreement, Kazakhstan therefore undertakes not to use the death penalty and to take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty in its jurisdiction.
The only exception is that the death penalty is permissible in the event of war. Such a judgment will only apply after he has been found guilty of particularly serious crimes of a military nature committed during wartime.
Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan for Political Issues, Kazakh Political and Public Personality, Political Scientist, Scientist Erlan Karin wrote on his page on social networks: “Today President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan” On the Ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights for the Abolition of the Death Penalty ” of the NSOD in December 2019 to join the Second Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This initiative was part of the political reforms of the presidential package … Soon other important initiatives within the framework of the National Council are on their way 88 UN member states from 193 countries are parties to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which aims to abolish death by execution. “
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was passed in 1966, came into force in 1976 and is currently signed by 173 states.
The second Optional Protocol to the Abolition of the Death Penalty was adopted on December 15, 1989. The document came into force in 1991 and 88 states are members of the agreement.