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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 October 2012

Campaign Kazakhstan

Zhainagul and Askar Aidarkhan, wife and son of Aron Atabek, read his poems at a concert organised by Campaign Kazakhstan, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson

Zhainagul and Askar Aidarkhan, wife and son of Aron Atabek, read his poems at a concert organised by Campaign Kazakhstan, London 2 October 2012, photo Keith Dickinson   (Click to enlarge)

Since its launch last year, Campaign Kazakhstan has succeeded in gaining support from prominent figures and trade unions.

Campaign Kazakhstan has two main roles. The first is to raise the profile of the continuing struggles in Kazakhstan.

Lobbies of embassies, and of companies linked to the Kazakh regime, have a real effect on a regime committing atrocities against its population.

The campaign has been instrumental in the release of Vadim Kuramshin, human rights activist, and Bolat Atabayev, playwright, from trumped up jail charges.

The other role of the campaign is to offer practical solidarity. The campaign recently raised 900 in support of the families of jailed Zhanaozen strikers.

To carry out all of these activities the campaign urgently needs funds; donations from trade unions. Several trade union branches have already donated to the campaign, but more are needed.

www.campaignkazakhstan.org

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