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Activists Detained in Kazakhstan 'For Their Own Safety'

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Gulzada Serzhan (left) and Zhanar Sekerbaeva of the unregistered feminist group, Feminita. Nur-Sultan, May 17, 2017. © 2017 Svetlana Glushkova/RFE/RL On May 29, Zhanar Sekerbaeva and Gulzada Serzhan, co-leaders of the feminist group Feminita, were holding a private event to discuss gender equality in Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan, when unidentified men tried to break up the gathering by harassing and filming participants. A police officer arrived at the hotel where the event was taking place, but instead of trying to get the men to back off, the officer…


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