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PONARS Eurasia 16 Mar 2020
(VOA) Sairagul Sauytbay, who said she faced torture in the Chinese detention camps in the Xinjiang region, never thought her story of survival would gain international attention one day. The 43-year-old Kazakh woman said she was stunned last Wednesday when U.S. first lady Melania Trump handed Sauytbay the U.S. State Department's International Women of Courage Award for providing firsthand...
PONARS Eurasia 26 Feb 2020
(Al Jazeera) Leaders and would-be delegates of the founding congress of an opposition party have been arrested in Kazakhstan ahead of next year's parliamentary elections, raising concerns about democratic participation in the Central Asian nation. The crackdown started last week with a reported arson and the arrest of three activists who were heading to the largest city - Almaty - for...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Feb 2020
(Nikkei Asia Review) ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took advantage of his visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan last week to lambast China over its treatment of its Muslim minorities and reliability as a business partner, but was met with a lukewarm response from the two Central Asian states. Pompeo, who was making the first visit to the region by America's top-...