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.

From camps to factories: Muslim detainees say China using forced labour

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.