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PRESIDENTIAL DECREE OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

of June 20, 2017 No. 500

About approval of the Concept of state policy in the religious sphere of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2017 - 2020

I DECIDE:

1. Approve the enclosed Concept of state policy in the religious sphere of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2017 - 2020 (further - the Concept).

2. To the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in three-months time to develop and approve the Actions plan on implementation of the Concept (further - the Plan).

3. To the central state and local executive bodies and the organizations to take measures for implementation of the Plan.

4. To impose control of execution of this Decree on Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

5. This Decree becomes effective from the date of signing.

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

N. Nazarbayev

Approved by the Presidential decree of the Republic of Kazakhstan of June 20, 2017 No. 500

The concept of state policy in the religious sphere of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2017 - 2020

Content

Introduction

Section 1. The analysis of the current situation, tendency and vision of development of state policy in the religious sphere

1.1. Analysis of the current situation

1.2. Main tendencies of development of religious situation

1.3. Vision of development of state policy in the religious sphere

Section 2. The basic principles and general approaches of state policy in the religious sphere

2.1. The basic principles of development of state policy in the religious sphere

2.2. General approaches of development of state policy in the religious sphere

2.3. The periods of implementation of the Concept and the expected results

Section 3. The list of regulatory legal acts by means of which implementation of the Concept is supposed

Introduction

The concept of state policy in the religious sphere of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2017 - 2020 (further - the Concept) represents system of official views of enhancement of the state and confessional and interfaith relations, strengthening of secular foundations of the state and non-admission of use of religion in the destructive purposes.

In this Concept on the basis of the analysis of the main tendencies and features in the religious sphere strategic objectives and the main directions of state policy in the religious sphere till 2020 are determined.

The legal basis of this Concept is constituted by the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan "About religious activities and religious associations", "About non-profit organizations", "About counteraction to extremism" and other regulatory legal acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the international agreements ratified by the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Need of development of this Concept follows from the tasks determined in Strategy Kazakhstan-2050: new political policy of the taken place state", the Plan of the nation "100 specific steps: the modern state for all" the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the fifth priority "Institutional transformations, safety and fight against corruption" President's letters to the people of Kazakhstan "The third upgrade of Kazakhstan: global competitiveness", orders of the Head of state concerning regulation of the religious sphere, and also realization of Item 2 of article 39 of the Constitution about recognition unconstitutional any actions capable to break interfaith consent.

This Concept, being guided by logic of new stage of the state construction of Kazakhstan, relying on the Kazakhstan model of interfaith peace and harmony recognized as the world, is basis for further development of state policy in the religious sphere, enhancement of system of regulatory legal acts, social and economic, political and managerial measures for regulation of the religious sphere in the country.

The concept assumes integrated approach to vision of state policy in the religious sphere, including legal, methodical and organizational measures.

This Concept is designed to consolidate efforts of the central and local executive bodies, religious associations and institutes of civil society on development of state policy in the religious sphere, to develop reference points in further development of the Kazakhstan model of the state and confessional and interfaith relations based on features of historical and cultural heritage of the Kazakhstan people.

Section 1. The analysis of the current situation, tendency and vision of development of state policy in the religious sphere

1.1. Analysis of the current situation

In 25 years of independence the Republic of Kazakhstan took place as the sovereign state recognized by the world community, having unique experience of successful promotion of interreligious and interfaith dialogue and consent.

In the territory of the republic where throughout many centuries peacefully coexisted and culturally representatives of various ethnoses and faiths mutually enriched each other, necessary political and legal and social and economic conditions for cultural development and traditional cultural wealth of the Kazakhstan people are for the first time created.

According to the Constitution of the country the secular model of the state and confessional relations on the principles of equality of all citizens before the law and respect for personal beliefs of everyone, irrespective of language and the relation to religion is created.

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