07ASTANA1666, KAZAKHSTAN: TIP REPORT GARNERS LITTLE ATTENTION BUT

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07ASTANA1666 2007-06-18 08:16 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO8056
OO RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #1666 1690816
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 180816Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9825
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUCNCLS/SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ASTANA 001666 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SCA/CEN FOR O'MARA, G/TIP FOR HALL, INL/AAE FOR ALTON 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV KCRIM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: TIP REPORT GARNERS LITTLE ATTENTION BUT 
STIMULATES NEW THINKING 
 
REF: STATE 78797 
 
1.  (SBU) Summary: On June 12, drawing on points provided in reftel, 
Charge delivered the TIP report demarche announcing Kazakhstan's 
Tier II Watch List ranking to Ministry of Justice Office Director 
Azimova, receiving a muted response in return.  Charge provided a 
copy of the Kazakhstan TIP report and handed over a copy of the 
points as a non-paper.  The release of the TIP report generated no 
notice in local press nor a public government response.  Azimova 
said the new Deputy Minister of Justice would be focusing more 
attention on victim assistance and not rely solely on law 
enforcement as the solution. End summary. 
 
2.  (SBU) On June 12, Charge delivered reftel demarche to Ms. Elvira 
Abilkhasimovna Azimova, Director of the Department of International 
Law of the Ministry of Justic, highlighting that Kazakhstan should 
not only detect and investigate trafficking crimes but also protect 
citizens by ensuring courts and judges convict and imprison guilty 
traffickers.  Furthermore, Charge stressed the necessity of 
Kazakhstan improving provision of assistance to victims of 
trafficking. 
 
3.  (SBU) Charge informed Azimova that the embassy was prepared to 
redouble its efforts to collaborate with the government of 
Kazakhstan in order improve the efficiency and effectiveness of 
legal proceedings.  He said that the embassy identified $200,000 to 
devote to additional training for judges and prosecutors with the 
goal of improving the conviction and sentencing to prison of 
traffickers.  Finally Charge said that cooperation and coordination 
on improving Kazakhstan's provision of assistance to TIP victims 
would remain an embassy priority. (Note: The funds in question are 
INL funds that were to be used for the initial year of a 
computer-base training program for police, now a lower priority. 
End note.) 
 
4. (SBU) Although not pleased with the news of the downgrade of 
Kazakhstan to Tier II Watchlist, Azimova responded neutrally and 
focused on the future.  She said that the GOK intended to move 
beyond the previous law enforcement-centered approach to combating 
TIP and wanted to improve the government's provision of assistance 
to TIP victims with a focus on social rehabilitation.  She noted 
that the Vice Minister of Justice, Dulat Kustavletov had been in his 
current position less than half a year and was interested in new 
thinking and new directions in how to solve the TIP problem. 
 
5.  (SBU) Azimova expressed thanks for grants the U.S. had provided 
for law enforcement training and said she looked forward to future 
cooperation with the embassy on victim assistance.  She remarked 
that it was important to study the experience of other countries in 
order to more effectively provide victim assistance in Kazakhstan. 
Finally, Azimova expressed interest in information that the U.S. 
might provide on how Kazakhstan could improve its TIP ranking. 
 
6.  (SBU) Azimova reported that having analyzed Kazakhstani 
legislation and internal policies and in order to complete the GOK 
anti-TIP legislation improvement plan, the government decided to 
ratify the UN Convention on Organized Crime and two additional 
protocols to this Convention: Protocol 2 on trafficking in persons 
and Protocol 3 on illegal migration.  The government had also 
decided to ratify the additional Convention on Slavery and 
Discrimination.  Azimova said the draft law to ratify these 
documents was in the GOK interagency approval process.  Beyond this, 
she reported that the next document that the government will 
consider for possible ratification is the International Convention 
for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. 
 
7.  (SBU) Responding to a request for specific steps that 
U.S.-Kazakhstani cooperation could take to improve convictions or 
victim assistance, Azimova responded that understanding how other 
countries in Central Asia or elsewhere reported TIP statistical data 
and how it was analyzed to prepare TIP reports would be very useful. 
 Post suggested that Azimova and others involved in TIP in the 
government read the TIP reports for relevant countries when they are 
released in Washington on June 12 and then discuss any specific 
questions with relevant officers in the embassy.  Azimova noted that 
changes in several articles of the criminal code resulting from the 
2006 amendments make it difficult to compare statistics about TIP 
year-on-year. 
 
ORDWAY

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