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Mass Arrests Cast Doubt on Rights Reform in Kazakhstan

Expand Kazakhstan police officers detain a protester during an opposition rally in Almaty, September 21, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov Since coming to power in June, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev has claimed a desire to accelerate political reforms and improve human rights in the country. But the mass detention of peaceful protesters over the weekend and other recent large-scale arrests undermine Tokaev’s expressed commitment to reform. On September 21, authorities appeared to use excessive force to detain about 100 people at a rally by the banned opposition movement…

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