08ASTANA301, KAZAKHSTAN: SLAVERY CONVENTIONS RATIFIED

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08ASTANA301 2008-02-11 06:48 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO4433
RR RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #0301 0420648
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 110648Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1758
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0218
RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ASTANA 000301 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL/AAE, G, G/TIP, SCA/CAN, SCA/RA, DRL, PRM 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PHUM SOCI KCRM PGOV KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: SLAVERY CONVENTIONS RATIFIED 
 
REF: 07 ASTANA 3313 
 
1. According to a government press service, President Nazarbayev 
signed the bill on February 5 to ratify the League of Nations' 
Slavery Convention of 1926, the 1953 UN Protocol on Amendments to 
the Slavery Convention, and the 1956 UN Supplementary Convention on 
the Abolition of Slavery. 
2. The lower house of Parliament approved ratification of the draft 
law in December (reftel); the upper house approved it in January. 
Initially, the law was drafted to implement one of the provisions of 
the OSCE Chairmanship Action Plan aimed at improving the capacity of 
law enforcement to combat slavery, assist victims of trafficking, 
and bring Kazsakhstani legislation in line with international 
standards. 
3. Comment: It is now likely that this ratification will result in 
the development of amendments to the criminal code to strengthen the 
laws against slavery. Specifically, the amendments may make it 
easier to prosecute a case by ending the requirement to prove that 
the victim was recruited for purposes of exploitation. End Comment. 
ORDWAY

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