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Human rights group hits Kanye for Kazakhstan trip

September 4, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The Human Rights Foundation is criticizing Kanye West for performing at a wedding in Kazakhstan, saying he legitimized the human rights violations of the nation’s president.

The rapper performed at the wedding of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson Saturday. The U.S.-based human rights group compared his appearance to a similar visit earlier this year by Jennifer Lopez to Turkmenistan, another country with a history of human rights violations.

HRF President Thor Halvorssen says in a statement that the Central Asian country is a “human rights wasteland” where entertainers like West would be imprisoned for expressing their views.

West’s publicist did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The foundation says Nazarbayev curbs political rights and suppresses the media.

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