Cultural Diversity and Human Rights
October 14,2014   By:CSHRS

In other words, despite the universality of foundational instruments, while implementing certain international norms and deliberating on human rights, it is important to keep in mind that their base is formed by the fundamental human values, cultural and civilizational variety, which certainly should be respected. Particular difference between these values is noted when we talk about cultures of West and East civilizations. Thus, while creating a legislative base it is necessary to take into account national peculiarities of one or another state.

Along with the Universal Declaration, Kazakhstan has signed and ratified seven main multilateral international legal acts that govern diverse aspects of human rights, among which are the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights; on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the International Conventions on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; the Conventions on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; on the Rights of the Child; against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment; the Convention on the Status of Refugees. Accession to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is no less important from the point of view of observing the human rights.

In addition to these documents, Kazakhstan has become a participant of more than 60 multilateral universal international agreements in the sphere of human rights and also accepted the main human rights standards elaborated by the international community. On the assumption of inalienability of human rights, the Republic of Kazakhstan has undertaken the commitment to respect, observe and protect them, thereby defining the parameters of human rights protection approach in the State policy.