Kazakhstan CEDAW Submission 2019 - Equality Now

Kazakhstan CEDAW Submission 2019

Information on Kazakhstan for Consideration by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its 74th Session

21 October - 8 November 2019

This submission details concerns with regard to laws related to rape and other forms of sexual violence and procedures and practices which effectively deny access to justice for survivors of sexual violence. Specifically, Kazakhstan’s legal system provides a number of opportunities for perpetrators to
escape criminal liability or punishment, namely through the way sexual violence crimes are defined; allowing for the direct release of a perpetrator from liability or punishment in certain circumstances; and through the way sexual violence crimes are investigated and prosecuted, including with respect to adolescent girls.

Submitted by: Equality Now, the Public Movement Against Violence #NeMolchi.Kz and the Feminist League of Kazakhstan.