Delegation from the Kazakh Public Prosecutor's Office on a study visit to Berlin and Potsdam

From 23 to 27 May 2016, a delegation from the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan visited Berlin and Potsdam to learn about the "Legal regulation of demonstrations and manifestations in Germany, measures and means of dealing with disturbances of the peace and riots". The lectures and discussions held during the study visit dealt with the legal regulations concerning the authorisation of demonstrations and assemblies in Germany, as well as the cooperation of authorities working towards ensuring public order during authorised and unauthorised demonstrations and manifestations.

The participants in the delegation were also interested in the policing methods used to maintain public order during manifestations and demonstrations and in methods used to deal with people disturbing the peace.

Those participating in the delegation held talks with experts, including from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the Public Prosecutor's Office in Berlin and the police headquarters for the federal state of Brandenburg. In addition, a speaker from the Saxon Centre for Political Education came to Berlin from Dresden to discuss these topics with the Kazakh delegation

The German speakers addressed all the questions from the participants in the delegation and, during the discussions, they were also able to stress the significance and priority given to the right of assembly in Germany, which is a fundamental part of the German constitution. The speaker from the Saxon Centre for Political Education also talked about the opportunities for dialogue against the development of radicalisation movements such as Pegida, and about the process for dealing with critical opinion-forming and decision-making processes in society.

The Kazakh delegation showed a keen interest and was delighted with the wide range of information provided. In these issues, the efforts of the Kazakh partners towards orienting themselves to western – and in particular German - standards are becoming clear.

Off-site meeting of a Senate Committee for the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen)

On 8 April 2016, an off-site meeting of a Senate Committee for the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan took place in Ust-Kamenogorsk (or Oskemen) in East Kazakhstan. The Committee is responsible for constitutional legislation, the court system and law enforcement authorities. The meeting covered the application of standards in the new penal code, the criminal justice system and legislation on law enforcement. Topics of discussion also included amendments to legislation in criminal law and criminal procedural law (e.g. in the field of judicial appraisals) and enhancing the performance of investigative magistrates.

The event was organised by the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Senate of Parliament for the Republic of Kazakhstan. As well as the organisers themselves, representatives of the following institutions also attended the meeting:

  • Ministry of Justice,
  • Supreme Court,
  • Ministry of Finance,
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs,
  • National Security Committee,
  • National Anti-Corruption Bureau under the Ministry for Civil Affairs,
  • Law Council of the Republic,
  • State Law University of Kazakhstan,
  • Regional public prosecutor's offices and courts,
  • Other regional authorities.

Some of these institutions were represented by very high-ranking individuals, which meant that the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Iogan Merkel, the Deputy Minister of Justice, Zauresh Baimoldina, and the Deputy Internal Affairs Minster, Rashid Zhakupov, took part in the lectures and discussions.

The meeting was opened and moderated by Serik Akylbay, the Chairman of the Committee. By request of the Public Prosecutor's Office for the Republic of Kazakhstan, the IRZ was also represented by a German expert, Karin Schreitter-Skvortsov, a public prosecutor at the public prosecutor's office for the District Court in Dresden, and an employee of the IRZ from Bonn. Karin Schreitter-Skvortsov reported on the position of the public prosecutor's office within the German administrative structure and on the division of tasks between the public prosecutors' office, the police and the courts in investigative procedures in Germany. These topics were taken on board and addressed time and again by the Kazakh partners, making it clear that they are trying to orientate themselves to western - and in particular German – standards.

Study visit to Germany by the Kazakhstan academy of law enforcement agencies

Visit to the German Judicial Academy in TrierVisit to the German Judicial Academy in Trier

From 23 to 25 February 2016, the IRZ organised a study visit to Germany on the subject of "Education and further training systems for court employees and police" for four representatives of the Kazakhstan academy of law enforcement agencies. The academy was founded in September 2015 as part of the modernisation of the legal system at the Public Prosecutor's Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since then it has been responsible for the advanced training and further development of court employees and police forces.

As part of the study visit, the guests from Kazakhstan visited the Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei (German Police Academy) in Münster, the Deutsche Richterakademie (German Judicial Academy) in Trier and the state higher education institute for the Bundeskriminalamt (German Federal Criminal Office) in Mainz-Kastell. The focus of the visit was on German experiences of further training opportunities. Following an introduction to the German training system with studies and traineeships, the Kazakh delegation was informed about bachelor and master's degree courses.

They were also particularly interested in the organisation, financing and areas of responsibility of the educational establishments that were visited. The delegation was given the opportunity to visit the individual properties.

The IRZ will continue its cooperation with the academy of law enforcement agencies throughout the year.