Kazakhstan Completely Abolishes Death Penalty

Date Added: December 30, 2021 07:00:31 AM
Author: Sutra Web Directory
Category: Legal Services
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed amendments to the legislation on abolition of death penalty, president's press service reported.

In January, Tokayev has signed the law on ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. The Protocol was signed on December 15, 1989 at UN General Assembly in New York. Kazakhstan joined the Protocol this year with one reservation (which allows use of death penalty in war time).

In October 2021, the lower chamber of the Parliament of Kazakhstan passed the amendments and additions to the Criminal Code on death penalty. The amendments suggested exclusion of death penalty from 13 articles of the Criminal Code. Death penalty remained only for grave war crimes. President Tokayev later initiated adoption of the law on abolition of death penalty without any exclusions.

"Death penalty abolition should be adopted without any clauses. I suggest the Parliament to listen to my position," Tokayev said.

The lower chamber of the Parliament of Kazakhstan passed amendments to the Criminal Code in early December abolishing death penalty entirely. A week ago the Senate passed the law abolishing death penalty in Kazakhstan.

In 2003, Kazakhstan declared moratorium on death penalty. Life sentence was used as alternative to death penalty since 2004 in Kazakhstan.

~ Via AKIpress