Kazakhstan Abolishes Death Penalty

The President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the law on the amendments and additions to certain legislative acts on the abolition of the death penalty, Tengrinews.kz reported.

Kazakhstan introduced moratorium on the death penalty since 2003, in which no executions have occurred since then, the outlet reported.

On January 2, 2021, President Tokayev signed the Law on Ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, putting a complete end to the death penalty.

“By adopting this law, Kazakhstan joins the group of countries where the death penalty is legally prohibited,” Senate Speaker Maulen Ashimbayev said.

According to Ashimbayev, Kazakhstan proved it supports the international movement to end death penalty.

Furthermore, in 2020, Kazakhstan also joined the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a multilateral treaty included in the International Bill of Human Rights.

Kazakhstan has not carried out an execution in the past 20 years, prior to pass the law on the complete suspension of the death penalty.

However, death sentences were handed down in most rare cases to those convicted of serious crimes.

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