Death penalty abolished in Kazakhstan after 17 years of moratorium

Today the President of the country Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the law “On the ratification of the 2nd Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aimed at abolishing the death penalty”, informs the PR service of the Kazakh leader.

This protocol of the General Assembly UN adopted on December 15, 1989. Moscow signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but did not join the Second Optional Act. A single exception is allowed in the case of a legal clause on the use of capital punishment in wartime, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said earlier Of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdipresenting the protocol to the elected representatives of parliament. On December 17, 2003, the 1st President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, announced the introduction of an indefinite moratorium on the execution of death sentences pending a decision on its abolition. However, the convicts were awarded death penalty in exceptional circumstances, in particular an offense, qualifies as an act of terrorism. Each country that acceded to the act must take action to abolish the death penalty. Then all those sentenced to such a sentence were serving life sentences.

The head of state signed the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the laws “On Amendments and Additions to the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Administrative Offenses for Environmental Tasks” and “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Environmental Tasks”. At the moment, 17 articles provide for the death penalty as a punishment.

In the Russian Federation, a moratorium on the death penalty has been in effect since 1997. Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death for murder in 2004 after strangling a pregnant woman.

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