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 The EU is proud that protecting human rights is central to its efforts to make the world a better place, and has repeatedly defined this goal as integral to its foreign policy. That’s the theory. The reality often looks different – in Central Asia…
Kazakhstan police officers detain a protester during an opposition rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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What does a woman do if she is being attacked or harassed by strangers outside her home? Her instinct is to seek refuge and protection in her own home, where she feels safe. But what if a woman is being abused by her husband or partner in the home?…
Participants protest against discrimination and gender-based violence during a rally held by members of feminist organizations and social activists in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region. 
 
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Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “
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The European Parliament stands poised to ratify the first Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with a Central Asian country. This deal showcases the deepened relationship between Kazakhstan and the European Union, and provides for greater…
Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission, and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (left) with Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
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There is little doubt that Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev will roll out the red carpet for his German counterpart when Frank-Walter Steinmeier touches down in Astana for a three-day visit starting on July 11. But these are busy times in the…
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Kazakhstan’s EXPO 2017, an international exposition featuring the theme of “future energy,” opened with much fanfare on June 9 in Astana, the country’s capital.
  
 The large spherical building that houses Kazakhstan’s national pavilion, the “…
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Things are getting serious again in western Kazakhstan. This oil-rich region on the Caspian Sea was the scene over several months in 2011 of prolonged labor unrest, culminating in clashes that December that killed at least a dozen people.
  
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The UN General Assembly will decide on June 28 whether Kazakhstan will become the first Central Asian country to join the Security Council. The vote will mark the end of a multi-year campaign by Kazakhstan in which it naturally focused on the positives…
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On December 21, after years of negotiations, the European Union and Kazakhstan signed an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which gives Kazakhstan upgraded trade and economic relations with the EU writes Mihra Rittmann. 
 
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A senior UK Foreign Ministry official predicted recently that Kazakhstan was “on the verge of being a significant player on the international stage,” citing possible investment opportunities with the Central Asian country. He predicted that President…
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I met Oleg in a town in northern Kazakhstan on an overcast day in late March. He had agreed to an interview, but only if I came to the restaurant where he waited tables and if I ordered lunch.  Oleg—whose name I have changed for his security– said it was…
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Congress, or at least parts of it, is getting restless with the White House approach to human rights abuses in Central Asia. A recent hearing by the House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the region’s terrible human rights record…
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The Olympic spirit has come to this: Two authoritarian countries are vying to host the 2022 Winter Games, competing to endure a huge financial strain for the benefit of burnishing their public image. The withdrawal of Oslo in October left Beijing, China’s…
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The October 9 visit by Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbaev, to Brussels will serve as a pointed reminder of the European Union’s colossal failure to secure human rights improvements as part of its engagement with this government, whose human…
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(Berlin) -- Tony Blair’s consultancy business is growing again. He’s started advising Albania, and Vietnam says it is negotiating a consultancy deal with the former British prime minister on development issues. He’s also in contact with Peru and Burma. “…