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Human rights group dings Kanye for Kazakhstan trip

Thursday - 9/5/2013, 2:40am  ET

FILE - In this May 23, 2012 file photo, singer Kanye West, left, and television personality Kim Kardashian arrive for the screening of "Cruel Summer" at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. The Human Rights Foundation is criticizing 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. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Human Rights Foundation has criticized Kanye West for performing at a wedding in Kazakhstan, joining a chorus of detractors who say he legitimized the human rights violations of the nation's president.

The rapper performed at the wedding of Nursultan Nazarbayev's grandson last Saturday. The human rights group compared the appearance to a similar visit earlier this summer by Jennifer Lopez to Turkmenistan, which has its own history of human rights violations.

HRF President Thor Halvorssen says in a statement that Kazakhstan 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 the political rights of his people, suppresses the media and kidnaps the family members of dissidents to maintain his rule.


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