07ASTANA2113, KAZAKHSTAN: G/TIP ACTION PLAN SEEN AS A (MOSTLY) GOOD

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07ASTANA2113 2007-08-05 11:31 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO1636
OO RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #2113 2171131
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 051131Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0277
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ASTANA 002113 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SCA/CEN (O'MARA), SCA/RA (PLLEIDERER), G/TIP (FARAJ), INL/AAE 
(BUHLER) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV KCRIM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: G/TIP ACTION PLAN SEEN AS A (MOSTLY) GOOD 
ROADMAP 
 
REF: STATE 99409 
 
1.  (SBU) On July 26 INL Officer delivered the TIP Action Plan 
demarche providing recommendations for increasing Kazakhstan's 
conviction and sentencing of traffickers, and improving assistance 
to victims to Ministry of Justice Office Director Elvira 
Abilkhasimovna Azimova.  INL Officer provided a copy of the action 
plan as a non-paper. 
 
2.  Azimova responded positively, actively proposing ways that 
Kazakhstan could cooperate with the embassy to address the action 
points provided in reftel.  To prepare for the interim report later 
this year she agreed to work more closely with embassy to provide 
complete and accurate data but noted that conviction statistics were 
somewhat cyclic, not following an annual calendar.  Azimova 
cautioned however that improving the conviction rate through 
ministerial involvement in court cases was an abrogation of the 
status of the independent judiciary and would not happen.  She 
offered that the government of Kazakhstan was actively looking for a 
tested mechanism to establish and implement grants to NGO to create 
a mechanism to provide assistance to victims.  INL will follow up on 
this request which will improve assistance to victims of 
trafficking. 
 
3.  (SBU) Azimova said Kazakhstan did consider trafficking a serious 
crime and was attacking this issue, pointing to the collaborative 
work between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the embassy on 
training police officers.  INL Officer agreed that much action had 
been undertaken and while prosecutions had increased other results, 
i.e. convictions and sentences to prison seemed meager. Furthermore, 
while training police is a necessary step it is not sufficient and 
training of procurators and judges is critical to ensuring that 
guilty traffickers were properly tried, convicted, and sentenced. 
 
4.  (SBU) Azimova cautioned that the training would not guarantee 
additional convictions of traffickers.  Kazakhstan had an 
independent judiciary and the government would not attempt to 
influence court proceedings to achieve more convictions.  INL 
Officer rejoined that training for procurators and judges was not an 
attempt to influence cases but to improve the professional capacity 
of court officers to try and adjudicate TIP crimes. 
 
MILAS

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