The Mazhilis works over the amnesty bill introduced by the Head of the state in connection with the 25th anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan

Astana, November 30, House of the Mazhilis. Today a plenary meeting chaired by the Speaker of the Mazhilis Nurlan Nigmatulin has beeb held, at which the members of the Parliament have started working on the bill “On amnesty in connection with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan”.

The bill was submitted to the Parliament by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The document aims to amnesty socially vulnerable categories of citizens who have committed criminal offenses, including minors, pregnant women, women with minor children or disabled children, elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and persons who have committed minor offenses and not serious indictable offense.

In addition, the Chamber determined the timing for preparing conclusions on the new bills submitted to the Mazhilis. Among them - the legislative amendments on transport issues. Also the ratification bill - the Convention between Kazakhstan and Slovenia to avoid double taxation.

Two consecutive bills initiates by the membes of the Parliament got approval of the Mazhilis at the plenary session. These are the bill on volunteering, and the legislative amendments on cultural issues - in the first reading.

The bill on volunteering creates the legal prerequisites for the activation and consolidation of social efforts in the development of volunteering. It is also envisaged to establish non-economic ways to stimulate and promote voluntary activities, mechanisms of material and technical support of volunteers, organizations implementing effective voluntary programs and projects in the field of social volunteering. In addition, the bill provides for a simplified procedure for registration of volunteers.

Legislative amendments on cultural issues are aimed, in particular, at provision of the right to the local state administration bodies and public authorities to establish cultural grants. It is assumed to introduce requirements for the examination of museum objects and museum collections of precious metals and precious stones.

In addition, it is proposed to provide the National Museum of Kazakhstan with the function to keep records of the State catalogue of the museum fund of Kazakhstan. Innovation also provides for the expansion of opportunities of theaters for theatrical productions.

At the plenary session in first reading the Mazhilis approved the bill with appropriate amendments on probation.

It is envisaged that the basis for the provision of social and legal assistance to persons who are registered in the probation service will be an individual program of social and legal assistance. It will be based on a comprehensive study of personality and life situation, but also contain a set of measures provided by the local executive bodies, organizations and citizens.

In the first reading the members of the Mazhilis approved the bill with appropriate amendments on fingerprinting management and genome record-keeping.

Fingerprinting management of citizens of Kazakhstan will be made when executing a passport, identity card or seafarer identity card. At the same time, when executing a passport, fingerprinting management of children from 12 to 16 years old will be made only with their consent, and children under 12 years old - are not subject to fingerprinting management.

According to the bill, among foreigners mandatory fingerprinting management will be passed by the persons who violated the laws of Kazakhstan and subject to exclusion from the country.

Moreover, fingerprints of foreigners will be taken when obtaining visas.

Also, the bill proposes fingerprinting management of refugees, labor immigrants and foreigners living in Kazakhstan with a residence permit.

Fingerprint information will be used for purposes strictly defined by the Legislation: to confirm or verify the identify at the request of the courts, law enforcement agencies; by Border Guard Service - to identify persons crossing the state border.

Individuals convicted for certain types of crime, unidentified persons, biological material which is taken during the investigation, unidentified corpses shall be subject of mandatory genome record-keeping.

Relatives of missing persons will submit the genomic information on a voluntary basis with the written consent.

Genomic information will be used for the prevention, detection and investigation of crimes and identification of perpetrators.

The bill establishes the obligation of state bodies to take all necessary legal, organizational and technical measures to protect the fingerprint and genomic information.

And today in the second reading the Chamber has approved the bill with appropriate amendments on counterintelligence activities.

A series of parliamentary inquiries were announced at the plenary session. Zh.Omarbekova, I.Smirnova, V.Kainazarov, S.Kanybekov, K.Musyrman, A.Peruashev, T.Syzdykov announced them.

(О.Abramova, 74-68-44, photo by Zh. Kuspanov, distributed by the Mazhilis Press Office)

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