Police and protesters clash as Kazakhs vote for new leader | AFP

Police in Kazakhstan clash with protesters during a demonstration, as the country is holding polls to elect the country’s first new president in 30 years following the departure of historic leader Nursultan Nazarbayev. of protest in Nur Sultan

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Disabled Kazakhs fight for rights amid Paralympics push

Kazakhstan ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2015 and has claimed improvements in inclusion and access for over 600,000 people registered as disabled, particularly in the last decade. But the overhaul of the Soviet approach to disability that saw handicapped people live in isolation from society has not been fast.

Kazakhs hope for the best after Nazarbayev resignation

Kazakhs in Astana praise the “peaceful transition” following the shock resignation of the country’s long-time ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev. The head of Kazakhstan’s senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, was sworn in as interim president, and immediately proposed renaming the country’s capital after his predecessor.

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Former Muslim prisoners held in “re-education” camps in Xinjiang, China say they have been forced by the Chinese authorities to work in factories for poverty wages. While the Chinese authorities deny any forced labour, many Kazakhs say they have lost contact with their relatives in Xinjiang and suspect that they are being transferred to camps and factories.