EU facilitates the discussion on narrowing the death penalty scope in Kazakhstan

EU facilitates the discussion on narrowing the death penalty scope in Kazakhstan

Astana - On May 23, 2018 the Academy of Law Enforcement bodies held a roundtable on "Narrowing of the scope of the death penalty in the Republic of Kazakhstan."

Representatives of the Parliament, the Justice Academy under the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Institute of Legislation of the Ministry of Justice, the Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, and the Eurasian National University participated in the round table.

The roundtable was devoted to the issues of the death penalty in Kazakhstan. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss issues and problems related to the narrowing of the scope of the death penalty, which, in the future, could result in complete abolition of the death penalty.

Since 2010, Kazakhstan is one of the constitutor countries of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty and is actively working on the issue of total abolition of the death penalty as a criminal punishment in our country. The Kazakhstan legislation was amended to restrict the practice of the death penalty. At the moment, the death penalty can only be applied to terrorist crimes involving deaths and particularly serious crimes committed in wartime; also, the right of the sentenced person to seek pardon is provided.

As a result of a comparative analysis of international experience and criminal law analysis, the participants of the round table came to several conclusions. First, the participants came to consensus that the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment and is ineffective in preventing crimes. Law enforcement officials also noted that the death penalty for certain types of military offenses is a disproportionate punishment and is subject to further consideration. In conclusion, the need was approved to amend the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the death penalty and continue the work on narrowing the scope of the death penalty by signing the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The EU-funded project "Enhancing Criminal Justice in Kazakhstan" (EUCJ), is a part of “Support for Judicial Reform in Kazakhstan" programme. The Northern Ireland Organization on Co-operation (NI-CO) implements the project in partnership with the Ministry of Justice of the United Kingdom, the Probation Service of the Netherlands and the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution of Poland.

For additional information, please contact:

Nazgul Yergalieva, EUCJ Senior national expert, at phone + 7 7172 76 90 10; + 7 7172 76 90 11; + 7 7172 76 90 12 or by e-mail:


For additional information please contact Ms Mira Beisenova, EUCJ National Expert on Stakeholder Relations, at phone + 7 (7172) 23 70 21 or e-mail: or Ms Elnara Bainazarova, Press and Information Officer, the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, at phone +7(7172) 97 45 67 or e-mail: 





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