07ASTANA3162, KAZAKHSTAN TIP INTERIM ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR 2007

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07ASTANA3162 2007-11-20 11:58 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO1054
OO RUEHDBU RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #3162 3241158
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 201158Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1220
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0002
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0307

UNCLAS ASTANA 003162 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR G (ACBLANK), G/TIP, SCA/CEN (O'MARA), SCA/RA, INL/AAE 
(BUHLER), DRL, PRM, USAID 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KCRM PHUM SOCI KCOR PGOV KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN TIP INTERIM ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR 2007 
 
REF: A) SECSTATE 147242 
 
 B) ASTANA 1925 
 C) ASTANA 1267 
 D) ASTANA 2686 
 E) ASTANA 367 
 F) ASTANA 1061 
 G) ASTANA 3082 
 
1. Post is pleased that Kazakhstan has made significant progress in 
addressing key deficiencies highlighted in June 2007 TIP report and 
is pleased to submit the following information in response to reftel 
A.  All responses are keyed to reftel A. 
 
2. PARA 6A (a):  Three corrupt anti-TIP police officers were 
prosecuted during the reporting period.  In March, the Committee for 
National Security (KNB) and the Ministry of Interior (MVD) initiated 
a criminal case against Captain Igor Morozov, the former head of the 
Anti-Trafficking Unit of the Organized Crimes Division of the MVD, 
on charges of falsification of evidence and abuse of professional 
functions.  Captain Morozov is accused of providing protection for 
Olga Kodonidi, a local madam, and facilitating prostitution. The 
case is currently before the court (septel).  In June, the MVD 
office in Akmola oblast initiated a criminal case against two police 
officers of the Anti-Trafficking Unit of Organized Crimes Division 
of the MVD. Both Senior Operative Officer Sydykov and Operative 
Officer Baisalbayev are accused of providing protection for a woman 
accused of operating a brothel.  The investigation of this case is 
ongoing. 
 
2. PARA 6A (b):  A total of 19 trafficking cases were under 
investigation during the reporting period.  Fourteen criminal cases 
were investigated under the trafficking in persons article of the 
criminal code and five under the trafficking in minors article. 
Eleven of the trafficking in persons cases were initiated during the 
reporting period and three were ongoing cases from 2006 and 10 cases 
were submitted to the court.  In five of the cases before the court, 
a total of 17 traffickers were sentenced to prison terms.  Four of 
the cases of trafficking in minors were submitted to the court and 
one was suspended due to failure to identify the traffickers.  For 
details on 2007 trafficking convictions please see reftels B, C, and 
D. 
 
3. PARA 6A (c):  In October, Prime Minister Massimov chaired the 
third Civic Forum, in which the GOK met with NGO leaders from 
throughout Kazakhstan, including leaders of anti-trafficking NGOs. 
The Ministers and Governors of oblasts reported on cooperation and 
interaction with NGOs over the last two years.  President Nazarbayev 
has encouraged the GOK to support NGOs within the framework of the 
Concept for Civil Society Development, adopted during the second 
Civic Forum, and the Social Assistance Law that allows the GOK to 
provide grants to NGOs.  From 2006 to 2007, the GOK provided grants 
to the Union of Crisis Centers for implementation of an information 
campaign to prevent sexual violence against women and children, 
child pornography, and human trafficking.  According to the Ministry 
of Information, the campaign reached more than 3,000 people and 
3,000 "Your Rights" booklets were distributed.  The GOK plans to 
provide more grants to anti-trafficking NGOs in 2008. 
 
4. PARA 6A (d):  The GOK continues to actively provide 
anti-trafficking in persons and victim identification training to 
law enforcement officers.  During the reporting period, in Karaganda 
the Anti-TIP Center of the MVD conducted five, four-week, in-service 
training courses for their criminal police and migration police 
officers.  A total of 97 MVD officers from anti-trafficking units 
throughout Kazakhstan were trained.  In addition to government 
anti-TIP trainings, Kazakhstani officials actively participated in 
the following US Embassy/INL courses: an anti-TIP training course in 
January (reftel E), an Anti-TIP Legislation Conference in April 
(reftel F), and a Kazakhstan-Turkey Liaison meeting in September. 
They also participated in other anti-TIP training events conducted 
by other donors. 
 
5. PARA 6A, Other Developments:  In August, a draft law on 
ratification of the UN Convention on Transnational Crimes and  draft 
law on  ratification of the Slavery Convention, Protocol of Changes 
and Amendments to the Slavery Convention, and the Additional 
Protocol on Slavery Abolishment were submitted to the parliament for 
approval.  After approval by the parliament, the President must sign 
the laws to complete the process of Kazakhstan's accession to these 
conventions and protocols.  In September and October, MVD 
successfully conducted two anti-trafficking operations.  As a result 
of this operation, a number trafficking cases were uncovered and are 
now under investigation (reftel G). 
 
ORDWAY

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