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Kazakh Party To Boycott January Parliamentary Elections.

The All-National Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan(OSDP), which bills itself as an opposition group, has announced that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Pope Refers To Xinjiang's Uyghurs As 'Persecuted,' China Calls It 'Groundless'.

Pope Francis has for the first time publicly named Uyghurs, a major indigenous ethnic group in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, among a list of the world's persecuted peoples.

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Daughter Of Kazakh Ex-President To Take Part In Parliamentary Elections.

The daughter of Kazakhstan's first president, Nursultan Nazarbaev, will take part in the Central Asian nation's upcoming parliamentary elections. 

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UN Concludes Kazakhstan Illegally 'Targeted' Defender Of Xinjiang Indigenous Groups.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has concluded that the Kazakh government violated international human rights law last year when it detained activist Serikzhan Bilash.

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Kazakh Penitentiary Launches Probe After Inmate Video Alleges Widespread Torture.

A maximum security penitentiary in Kazakhstan’s central region of Qaraghandy has launched an inquiry after a video of an inmate, whose eyes and mouth were sewn partially closed.

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Early Release For Kazakh Activist Jailed On Terrorism Charge Denied.

The Almaty regional court has upheld a lower court's decision to deny an early release request by Kazakh activist Kenzhebek Abishev, who was jailed for being linked to a political movement founded by a fugitive tycoon.

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Kazakh Women Protest Officials' Failure To Keep Promises On Support.

Dozens of women in the southern Kazakh city of Shymkent have rallied to demand increased social allowances and state support for poorer families whose situations have been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kazakh Blogger Critical Of Government Forcibly Admitted To Psychiatric Clinic.

A Kazakh blogger and journalist accused of being involved in the activities of a banned organization has been taken to a psychiatric clinic on a court order.

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Prison Terms Of Four Kazakh Men Convicted Over Ethnic Clashes Replaced By 'Freedom Limitation'.

Kazakhstan's Military Court has replaced prison terms for four men convicted for their roles in deadly ethnic clashes with parole-like restrictions known as freedom limitation.

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Kazakh Court Upholds Decision To Place Blogger In Psychiatric Clinic.

A Kazakh court has upheld a decision to place a journalist and blogger accused of being involved in the activities of a banned organization in a psychiatric clinic.

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Kazakh Opposition Figure Calls On Supporters To Vote To Expose 'Opposition' Party.

Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former Kazakh banker and outspoken critic of the country's government, has called on his supporters to join and vote for the  All-National Social Democratic Party(OSDP)to "prove" the party is a "fraud."

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Kazakh Tycoon Jailed For 11 Years On Embezzlement Charges.

A former banker from Kazakhstan has been sentenced to 11 years in prison on embezzlement charges.

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Charges Against Kazakh Journalist Dropped Without Explanation.

The Kazakh authorities have dropped charges against a well-known journalist accused of breaking the law on public gatherings.

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Kazakhstan Extends House Arrest For Blogger Facing Extremism Charges.

A Kazakh court has extended the house arrest of a journalist and blogger accused of involvement in the activities of a banned organization.

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EU Urged To Pressure Central Asian Governments On Human Rights.

Human Rights Watch(HRW)is urging the European Union to make clear that greater support for Central Asia is tied to “genuine” human rights reforms.

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Kazakh Opposition Granted Rare Permit To Hold Rally In Almaty.

A few hundred people attended an opposition protest rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, on November 14. Permission for the rally was granted by the authorities, although its organizers are the frequent target of political persecutions. Org...

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Late Kazakh Activist's Son Buried Amid Questions, Criticism Of Government.

The teenage son of a late civil rights activist in Kazakhstan has been buried amid claims of foul play and harsh criticism of authorities over the way the death has been handled.

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Measles Cases Spike In Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan As COVID-19 Impacts Vaccination Worldwide.

Measles cases worldwide surged to the highest number in nearly a quarter of a century in 2019 due to a drop in vaccinations that is expected to worsen this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the World Health Organization(WHO)and...

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Measles Cases Spike In Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan As COVID-19 Impacts Vaccination Worldwide.

Measles cases worldwide surged to the highest number in nearly a quarter of a century in 2019 due to a drop in vaccinations that is expected to worsen this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Diseas...

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Kazakh Activist In Shymkent Holds Picket Demanding Registration Of Party Before Parliamentary Vote.

SHYMKENT, Kazakhstan -- An activist in Kazakhstan's southern city of Shymkent has held a single-person picket to demand the registration of the opposition Democratic Party ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for January 10, 2021. Wearing po...

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Kazakh Activist Demands Registration Of Party Before Parliamentary Vote.

An activist in Kazakhstan's southern city of Shymkent has held a single-person picket to demand the registration of the opposition Democratic Party ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for January 10, 2021.

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Teenage Son Of Late Kazakh Rights Activist Stabbed To Death.

The teenage son of late Kazakh activist Dulat Aghadil, whose mysterious death while in custody sparked mass protests across the country earlier this year, has been stabbed to death in what officials described as a brawl between young men.

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Kazakh President Orders Ministers To Work On Latin-Based Alphabet.

Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev has ordered a new variation of the Kazakh-language alphabet based on Latin letters that would replace the current alphabet based on Cyrillic by 2025.

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Kazakh Opposition Group Allowed To Hold Rally Challenging Upcoming Polls.

Authorities in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, have given an unregistered party permission to hold a protest rally ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections as its members continue to stage individual protests calling for the group’s official r...

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Kazakh Ex-Health Minister Arrested On Embezzlement Charges.

Kazakhstan's former Health Minister Elzhan Birtanov, who was removed from the post in June amid a surge in coronavirus cases and renewed lockdowns, has been arrested on embezzlement charges.

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