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

In particular, with a very positive experience on provision of interethnic and interreligious harmony in own country, we have proclaimed the issues of tolerance and intercultural dialogue to be the top priority of the Chairmanship. So, on June 29-30 the OSCE High-Level Conference on Tolerance and Nondiscrimination was held in Astana, which was aimed at a worthy contribution to the process of further strengthening of cooperation between different cultures and civilizations, practical implementation of previous decisions.

One of the priorities put forward by Kazakhstan is further promotion of gender balance, including empowerment of women, increasing their participation in social and political life. The other no less pressing problem is human trafficking with a separate focus on child trafficking, which gained global scale and has become a part of transnational crime.

All these priority directions in the sphere of protection of human rights belong to those spheres of activities, which require special attention of the OSCE participating states, including Kazakhstan.

In conclusion, I would like to note that any state is obliged to protect human rights and freedoms of an individual since his or her birth till death, and even after death irrespective of the social status, availability or absence of citizenship and other factors.

I hope that this Conference will help us to reflect further on existing problems, as well as allow us to share positive experience and outline ways to further promote human and citizen rights in our states.

(The author is Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.)