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Kazakhstan – joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 74th Session October 2019

This submission details concerns with regard to laws related to rape and other forms of sexual violence and procedures and practices which effectively deny access to justice for survivors of sexual violence. Specifically, Kazakhstan’s legal system provides a number of opportunities for perpetrators to escape criminal liability or punishment, namely through the way sexual violence crimes are defined; allowing for the direct release of a perpetrator from liability or punishment in certain circumstances; and through the way sexual violence crimes are investigated and prosecuted, including with respect to adolescent girls.

Submitted by: Equality Now, the Public Movement Against Violence #NeMolchi.Kz and the Feminist League of Kazakhstan.