Kazakhstan continues to push for a nuclear-free world

Kazakhstan, the Central Asian country which has renounced nuclear weapons, continued on Tuesday to urge the international community to make a nuclear-free world reality.

Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert

Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Friday Kazakhstan’s repatriation of 231 of its citizens from conflict sites in Syria and Iraq, earlier this month.

Consequences of nuclear testing are devastating and long-lasting: Kazakh Ambassador

For the  International Day Against Nuclear Tests UN News’s Elena Vapnitchnaia spoke to Ambassador Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN, on the impact of over 450 nuclear tests conducted in his country and Kazakhstan’s efforts to work with the wider international community on enhancing public awareness and education about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions. 

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Peace and stability vital for sustainable development in a fragile world, Kazakh Minister tells UN Assembly

Addressing the 72nd annual general debate at the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan reiterated his country’s commitment to sustainable development and urged global leaders to remain steadfast in their battle against climate change, including through the use of renewable energy.

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South Sudanese government urged to protect thousands from attack

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Syria "drama" is not over as UN is denied aid access

A fragile ceasefire is largely holding in Syria but “tremendous dramas” are still being played out by the people of the war-torn country, the UN warned on Thursday.

The war in Syria has lasted almost six years.

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UN torture prevention body urges Kazakhstan to enhance prisoner rehabilitation

The United Nations’ torture prevention body has urged Kazakhstan to focus more on the rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishment, as part of efforts to ensure that people deprived of their liberty are protected against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

“Beginnings” of Central Asian cooperation over terror prevention

Central Asia is showing the “beginnings” of cooperation between states over preventing acts of terrorism.

That’s the view of Petko Draganov, head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia.

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New law threatens civil society independence in Kazakhstan, warns UN expert

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, today warned that a new bill amending the law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kazakhstan, may compromise the independence of associations and also challenge their existence.

Impact of nuclear tests observed on International Day

The ill-effects of nuclear testing in Kazakhstan are still being seen according to authorities, even though the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site closed over 20 years ago.

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