Joint declaration on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Joint declaration on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) 17 May 2021 Today is a festive day, a day of hope.  For more than 30 years, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) has been celebrated on 17 May, uniting millions of people globally in support of ...
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Virtual Meeting on Human Trafficking

December 3, 2020 – Dr. Kari Johnstone, Principal Deputy Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons held a virtual meeting with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Supreme Court, Prosecutor General’s Office, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, and the National Center for Human Rights to discuss ...
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Voices From Xinjiang: Eating with the students and sleeping in the classrooms at night

ZHEMISGUL: I’m a hairdresser in Taldy-Kurgan. Makeup, hair, skincare. SUNGKAR: I’m in college in Almaty. I’m a philosophy student. But I was still a schoolboy when our parents went to China. It was March 2017. I was in eleventh grade. Our family had some land that had been given to us by the government. My parents farmed ...
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He is a loner, shy and modest (Voices from Xinjiang)

Yerzat is an artist. He paints saturated landscapes of mountains and yurt-dotted meadows peopled by the nomadic warriors of centuries past. The village of his birth lies in the northernmost corner of Xinjiang, near the mountains that cross into modern-day Mongolia and Russia. There was no reason. You have to understand—none. My brother never committed ...
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Voices from Xinjiang: Only then did we start to live decently

One wall of Atajurt’s office is covered with photographs of the known missing: hundreds of faces, maybe a thousand. Khalida, a small, persistent woman in her sixties, pulls me over to a corner to show me her family members. “Here,” she says. “And here, and here, and here, and here…” A small hamlet called Karagash is ...
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