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Ministry of Culture and Sports explains rules for using State Flag

Friday, 04 December 2020, 16:30:28

Today at the press conference, Minister of Culture and Sports Aktoty Raimkulova spoke about the use of the State Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

As Raimkulova noted, on Oct. 27, 2020, the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed to revise the current rules for the use of state symbols regarding the use of the State Flag.

To date, within the framework of the execution of this order, by the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated Nov. 27, 2020, No. 801, amendments were made to the Rules for the use (establishment, placement) of the State Flag, State Emblem of the Republic of Kazakhstan and their images, as well as the text of the National Anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

As a result of the changes introduced, the scope of the use of the State Flag for citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan has been legislatively expanded.

In particular, now the State Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan can be used (installed, placed) by individuals and legal entities in buildings (residential and non-residential premises), including on balconies and in places of celebrations in order to express patriotic feelings, Kazakhstani identity, support the country's achievements, its citizens.

It into account that the State flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan, regardless of its size, must comply with the national standard. It is not allowed to use the State Flag by individuals and legal entities in violation of the requirements of the national standard.

In turn, inconsistencies with national standards are violations of the shape, size and technical requirements established by the State Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan. If the State Flag does not comply with the national standard, it must be replaced and destroyed in the manner determined by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

According to the current Code of Administrative Offenses of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an administrative fine is imposed for the illegal manufacture of the State Flag that does not meet the requirements of the national standard.

The national flag cannot be used by individuals and legal entities as a subject for abuse.

"In addition, in accordance with the amendments to these Rules, individuals are given the opportunity to use the State Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan, regardless of the architectural features of the building, when placing it in one-story and (or) multi-story buildings in the exterior version," said Raimkulova.

From now on, individuals can use the State Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan, placed on buildings, at night without lighting.

In general, the above changes will significantly expand the scope of application of the State Flag of our country, will make it possible to rethink its symbolic capital aimed at strengthening the spirit of patriotism in society.

Also, according to the protocol of the Republican Commission on State Symbols and Heraldry of Departmental and Other, Equivalent Awards of October 23, 2019, the Akimats of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent and regions annually hold patriotic actions "Menin Tuym, Menin Otanym!" throughout the country in order to popularize state symbols and instill patriotism among Kazakhstanis.

 

Requirements for size of state flag

According to Raimkulova, in accordance with the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On State Symbols", the state flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan must comply with state standards. It is a rectangular blue panel with an image in the center of the sun with rays, under which a soaring eagle. At the flagstaff there is a national ornament in the form of a vertical stripe. The image of the sun, its rays, the eagle and the ornament should be the color of gold. The ratio of the flag's width to its length is 1: 2. Can I hang a flag on the balcony? Yes, you can. In accordance with the changes in the rules, the State flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan can be used (installed, placed) by individuals and legal entities on buildings (dwellings and non-residential premises), including on balconies and in places of celebrations in order to express patriotic feelings, Kazakhstani identity, support for the achievements of the country and its citizens.

 

Where can ordinary citizens buy State Flag?

In accordance with paragraph 1 of Article 11 of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On State Symbols of the Republic of Kazakhstan", the development and approval of national standards and the development of standards for the State Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan, licensing and production of the State Flag, as well as monitoring compliance with the requirements of national standards are within the competence of the Committee on technical regulation and metrology of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. According to the monitoring carried out in March 2020, 57 organizations were recorded in the republic with licenses for the manufacture of the State Flag. As a result of this check, 26 organizations were confirmed - they had licenses, all regulatory legal acts, the necessary equipment to make the state flags. The remaining 24 organizations did not go through the confirmation procedure. Another 7 organizations were excluded from the list due to the fact that they changed their legal addresses and were not identified by location.

 

Are flag images on license plates, candy wrappers, etc. legal?

Today, according to the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the image of the State Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan can be placed on other material objects. However, other material objects do not include disposable items.

The national flag is an item made in compliance with the Standard of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 988-2007. Only authorized organizations have the right to manufacture the National Flag, only if they have a license.

 

In what cases is it not allowed to use State Flag?

  • to lower the flag as a sign of respect for a person or thing, even if the flags of the states;
  • send it canton downward, except for cases of sending a emergency signal;
  • position the flag so that it touches anything located under it: ground, floor, water, etc.;
  • carry the flagpole horizontally (the flag must always be carried at an angle);
  • fix and display the flag in such a way that it can be damaged or dirty;
  • write and draw anything on the flag;
  • wrap anything in a flag;
  • use as clothing, bed linen and draperies, use in a suit or sports uniform (at the same time, the image of the flag can be sewn to the uniform of members of patriotic organizations, military, police and firefighters);
  • print its image on napkins, boxes and other disposable items.

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