AKHP Public Lecture, Almaty: Introduction to the International Law on Refugees, and Protection of Refugees in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Date: 26 November 2018
Other languages: Русский язык |
November 26th 2018, 3:00 pm
Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan

University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) has established a dialog platform to host a series of public lectures in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan. The platform is organised in partnership with the D. A. Kunaev Eurasian Law Academy. The series seeks to facilitate professional development of faculty, and promote cross-disciplinary dialog. It is open for scholars, researchers, teachers, public activists, academic and creative community, as well as for students pursuing doctoral, masters and undergraduate degrees in universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Mariya Voloshkevich
Legal Protection Advisor
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees

Abstract 
The modern refugee law should be looked at from the viewpoint of a broader global context – the context, where it first appeared and began to evolve. In the early 20th century, the international community encountered the problem of refugees, and for humanitarian reasons, took on the role to provide refugees with protection and assistance. The model of international response with respect to protection of refugees was first established by the League of Nations, and evolved into a number of international treaties in this sphere. The failure to successfully address the issue of refugees after the Second World War entailed the need to develop a new international document to define legal status of refugees.

It was decided to replace the documents that dealt with specific categories of refugees with a unified document to provide a general definition for individuals to be considered to be refugees. On July 28th 1951, the Conference of Plenipotentiaries of the United Nations Organization adopted the Convention on the Status of Refugees that came into force on April 21st 1954. The Republic of Kazakhstan joined the Convention in January 1999. As of July 1st 2018, the Republic of Kazakhstan had 589 refugees (mostly from Afghanistan).

Biography
Mariya Voloshkevich is the Legal Protection Advisor of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She holds undergraduate degree (International Relations) from Kazakh-German University and graduate degree (International Law and Human Rights) from the University for Peace of the United Nations Organization, and the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Since 2008, Mariya has been working closely with state agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, civil society and international organizations to address problems of refugees and stateless persons in the Republic of Kazakhstan.  

Her academic interests include the international protection of refugees, obligations of the Republic of Kazakhstan with respect to protection of refugees, international tools to prevent and decrease the number of stateless persons, eradication of statelessness, and the registration of birth of children whose parents do not have identity papers.

Moderator
Gulmira Kaisarovna Bilyalova
Doctor in Philosophy
Professor of the Eurasian Law Academy

Language
The lecture will be delivered in Russian.

Venue
107 Kurmangazy Street (intersected by Baitursynov Street),
5th Floor, Lecture Hall #507 
Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan

Registration
Please confirm your participation with your name and affiliation by sending an e-mail to: vuzkunaeva@vuzkunaeva.kz. Registration will take place on the day of the lecture in the Lecture Hall #507 from 14:30 to 15:00.

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees. 
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