Ambassador Moser in Recognition of International Human Rights Day

In today’s splintered world, it would be easy to think that there is nothing upon which all nations can agree and all cultures can embrace as an integral part of their communities.  But International Human Rights Day, celebrated on December 10, reminds us that it wasn’t so long ago that the world came together to …

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KAZAKHSTAN 2016 INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT

KAZAKHSTAN 2016 INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT Executive Summary The constitution defines the country as a secular state and provides for freedom of religion. In September the government created a new Ministry of Religious and Civil Society Affairs (MRCSA), taking responsibility for religious issues and the Committee for Religious Affairs (CRA) from the Ministry of Culture …

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Conviction of Kazakhstani Civil Society Activists Maks Bokayev and Talgat Ayan

STATEMENT BY THE U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION IN KAZAKHSTAN Conviction of Kazakhstani Civil Society Activists Maks Bokayev and Talgat Ayan The decision of the Kazakhstani regional court in Atyrau to convict and sentence Kazakhstani citizens Maks Bokayev and Talgat Ayan to five years in prison each for their alleged roles in organizing peaceful demonstrations in the …

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