Kazakhstan participates in meeting of UN Human Rights Council
GENEVA. KAZINFORM - During the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva Zhanar Aitzhanova participated in interactive dialogues on the reports of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Kazinform has learnt from the press service of the Kazakh MFA.
On 21 June, the thematic report of the High Commissioner on the central role of the State in responding to pandemics and other health emergencies and their socio-economic consequences for promoting sustainable development and the realization of human rights was presented.
Bachelet noted that the central role of the state during pandemics is to take effective sanitary and epidemiological measures while respecting human rights, as well as to increase the investment in health and social protection systems.
In this regard, Zhanar Aitzhan informed the participants of the measures taken in Kazakhstan for social protection of the population during pandemics, of the anti-crisis measures implemented by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan aimed at supporting social and economic stability and employment in the country.
In particular, during the state of emergency in 2020, the State provided social assistance to employees without income and increased the basic pension and social benefits. In 2021, the basic pension and social benefits for the loss of a breadwinner, persons with disabilities and large families were increased.
In addition, the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan, highlighting the need for measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, reported the development of QazVac vaccine and planned to vaccinate more than half of the population by the end of the year.
On 22 June, the Annual Report of the High Commissioner focusing on the central role of human rights in post-pandemic recovery was discussed.
Zhanar Aitzhan reported that the Government had adopted a Priority Action Plan for Human Rights in order to implement the political reforms of the President of Kazakhstan. The plan outlines such areas of work as improving mechanisms of interaction with UN treaty bodies and special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council, ensuring rights of victims of human trafficking, rights for citizens with disabilities, eliminating discrimination against women, including abolishing the list of jobs prohibited for women, ensuring rights to freedom of association and expression.