The United Nations Development Programme in Kazakhstan (UNDP) conducts a series of workshops for law enforcement officers on effective investigation of cases of sexual and domestic violence within the framework of the Partnership Program of the Seoul Development Center of the UNDP office policy (USPC) with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The first workshop was held on September 10-12 at the Kostanay Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for 27 mid-level officers of city and district police departments. Nurlan Tulkinbayev, head of the Department of social work of the Internal Affairs Section of Kostanay Academy and Yerlan Balymov, head of the Department of Aktobe Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, acted as trainers at the workshop.
By acceding to the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women in 1998, Kazakhstan undertook to pursue a policy of eliminating discrimination against women and bringing national law into line with international norms. These norms prohibit discrimination against women, provide legal protection of women's rights on an equal basis with men, and assist courts and other state institutions in the effective protection of women against any act of discrimination.
In 2014, the Committee on the elimination of discrimination against women, recognizing the state's achievements in ensuring women's rights, expressed concern that women rarely attempt to achieve justice and accountability under the law, facing gender-based, sexual violence and discrimination. In order to overcome obstacles related to ensuring the rights of victims of violence, the Committee recommended Kazakhstan to (а) conduct awareness-raising campaigns to eliminate stigma and stereotypes faced by women seeking justice; (b) provide systematic training to judges, prosecutors and lawyers on the application of legislation prohibiting discrimination and violence against women; (с) ensure effective access to justice for women, who became victims of violence, as well as through the provision of legal aid, especially for women belonging to disadvantaged groups, and, where appropriate, support non-governmental organizations promoting women's access to justice throughout the country.
A comparative analysis of the Kazakh and Korean methods of investigation was conducted at this workshop, presenting the main difficulties in combating gender-based violence, the processes of investigation and inquiry of underage persons and persons with disabilities were considered.
Questions of the effectiveness of the police in investigating gender-based violence remain relevant, especially in the light of the President's recent state-of-the-nation address, which notes the importance of a full reform of the law enforcement system and increased attention to the protection of the rights of citizens, including the rights of women victims of domestic violence, which also corresponds to the program objectives of the UNDP in Kazakhstan in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.