Press release Fourth Meeting of Ministers of Justice of the SCO Member states
On the 28th of October, 2016 in Almaty under the chairmanship of the Minister of Justice of Kazakhstan M. Beketayev the fourth meeting of Ministers of Justice of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held. Such format of dialogue on the level of heads of the Ministries of Justice is held annually, for four years.
The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization and Ministers of Justice of the observer states – the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Belarus and official representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Mongolia.
The development strategy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization up to 2025, adopted on the 10th of July, 2015 in Ufa, at the level of Heads of States, clearly defined the role of law in political cooperation, the adoption of joint measures to overcome the atmosphere of politicization and confrontation during the human rights debates in international forums and respect for the principle of equal cooperation, respect for the cultural and civilizational diversity of the modern world, promoting the equal value of all types of human rights, including the right to development.
Another incentive for increased cooperation of judicial authorities within the framework of this Organization has become common concern and desire to strengthen regional cooperation, including exchange of experience and legal framework in the light of the ongoing national legal policies.
Under the auspices of the Meeting it was held another conference, where legal experts from more than 10 counties presented experiences and best practices, methods of forensic activities. It is through the cooperation of the ministries of justice within the framework of the SCO formed an annual platform for dialogue in the format of the International Legal Forum, organized by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, and the conference “East-West” for forensic experts, organized for several years by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Regular meetings at ministerial level facilitates inter-agency cooperation of Justice authorities of the SCO countries.
Following the Meeting it is adopted decisions on the exchange of experience of forecasting and planning of government’ legislative activity, legal services, promotion the development of citizens legal culture and provision with legal assistance, cooperation in the field of forensics, providing gratuitous access of citizens and other actors to national databases of legislation through the Organization web-site.
Source: Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan