Kazakhstan, Astana, March 10 / Trend K. Konyrova /
There is considerable progress in the prevention and combating torture in Kazakhstan, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said, the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported.
"An interactive dialogue and discussion of the annual report by Manfred Nowak - the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment was held in Geneva, as part of the thirteenth session of the Human Rights of the United Nations", the press-service of the Foreign Ministry said.
The Special Rapporteur made a general review and assessed the situation with human rights in the context of counteraction to tortures within its international mandate, the report said.
Professor Nowak stressed the results of his visit to the several countries, including Kazakhstan in May 2009. He said that there has been considerable progress in the prevention and combating torture in Kazakhstan. In his opinion, the conditions of detention in Kazakhstan improved significantly in recent years. Torture is not systematic and widespread, " the document said.
Earlier in his interview with the Austrian news agency, Nowak said that human rights situation in Kazakhstan is one of the best in the former Soviet Union. Kazakhstan was elected chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe at his true worth.
"The UN Human Rights Council reacted positively to the information of representative of the Kazakh government on measures taken to implement the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur and the UN Committee against Tortures", a press release said.
His report also stressed serious progress in the last few years to counter the use of torture in Kazakhstan.