Access to Information in the Republic of Kazakhstan

21 September 2010

September 23, 2010, ASTANA International Conference Access to information in the Republic of Kazakhstan: current conditions and perspectives organized by Legal Council at National Democratic Party Nur Otan, Commission on Human Rights under the President of the RK, United Nations Development Programme in Kazakhstan, Internews Network in Kazakhstan and UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office with financial support from UN Development Programme, British Embassy in Kazakhstan and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kazakhstan.

The Conference reflects the determination of organizers and participants to the consolidation of progressive power of society for further democratization of Kazakhstan society, the development of conditions for the most complete realization of constitutional rights of each for free receipt and dissemination of information.

In the frame of the conference the issues of forming optimal models of information interrelations between citizens and organizations with state institutions are discussed. A draft law of the Republic of Kazakhstan About access to public information elaborated in the framework of the UNDP project in Kazakhstan by the experts from Institute of Parliamentary Development of the Nur Otan Party with participation of representatives of civil society presented to the participants.

During three sessions the RK MPs, the vice-ministers of communication and information, and justice of the RK, UNESCO and UNDP experts, representatives of international and non-governmental information, journalists expressed their opinion.

The participants of the conference focused on the discussion of the perspectives of normative legal provision of the right on access to information and active use of international expertise of legislative activity in the sphere of right provision of access to information. Information openness of governmental bodies, the issues of information correlation, ethnic and legal aspects of information access relating to public domain, issues of responsibility (administrative, criminal) for violations in the sphere of access to information, etc. also discussed.

According to the results of work of the conference, the participants deliver recommendations that directed to the governmental bodies and published in mass-media.

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