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Kanye West Faces Criticism From Human Rights Groups & Conservatives For Kazakhstan Performance


(AllHipHop News) Kanye West’s much publicized performance at the wedding of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson is being criticized on multiple fronts.

In a post on the Human Rights Foundation’s website, the organization’s president Thor Halvorssen says West would be imprisoned for expressing his freedom of speech if he lived in the central Asian country. Halvorssen refers to Kazakhstan as a “human rights wasteland.”

The former Soviet republic has been admonished by human rights groups for lack of a free press, restrictions on political expression, and a corrupt judiciary. Nazarbayev was elected in 2011 with 95.5% of the vote leading international observers to question the democratic reforms the nation agreed to enact.

HRF’s chairman, Garry Kasparov, also charges that the reported $3 million dollars West received for his private show was taken from Kazakhstan’s treasury. Kasparov nor the Human Rights Foundation provide any evidence that was the case.

While acknowledging West’s previous work in international human rights, the HRF compares West’s decision to play Nazarbayev’s event to Jennifer Lopez’s heavily criticized choice to perform for the president of Turkmenistan earlier this year. The Human Rights Foundation is asking the public to “hold them accountable.”

Bill O’Reilly also took aim at Kanye on his Fox News program suggesting that the Chicago rapper should perform for Syrian President Bashar Assad next.

Kanye West has yet to comment publicly on the matter.

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Watch O’Reilly’s segment about Kanye’s Kazakhstan performance and footage from the event in the videos below.

  • johnblacksad

    Kanye should know better… he ain’t hurtin… he should have known those three mills will do more damage than good

    He acted straight up New Slave on this one!

    Fcuk these tyrans and dictators… fcuk entertainin their private events…
    It’s probably a major thrill to sing in front of a crowd of fans that came to see you perform… but i wonder if they really enjoy performin in private for a dictator and his family… even if the ticket is 3 millions (which by the way are taken directly from the country’s treasury) it’s just horrible publicity and definitely not worth it.

    You got the nerve to call out Bush (not defending Georges here) but you bow down to some foreign worse than Bush dictator? Makes no sense to me… i don’t rock with that sh!t

    Kanye would definitely be imprisoned if not given some sort of death penalty for expressin the sh!t he be sayin in that country!

    It can’t always be just about the money, especially when you’re not hurtin!

    I hope he gives that money to charity… it’s the only way he can make any sense out of this

    (MY opinion)

    • Troll_E_G

      Whats so wrong about performing for dictators….why u people critique trivial things like this but let Wallstreet go unscathed…..oh I know , its because a black man is getting money from the supposed enemy…. Only whites can do that huh

      • johnblacksad

        Your post goes in too many different directions for me to be able to reply… you wonder what’s wrong about performing for dictators, then you go to Wall street which i never said i condone, then you throw the race card, then you see an ‘enemy’, then you throw the race card again…

        whoa… me I’m throwin the towel

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        lol u got sonned! QUEENS!

      • johnblacksad

        Your momma got sonned! lol at that

      • Troll_E_G

        U just can’t answer because u don’t think outside the box

      • johnblacksad

        that must be the difference… i’m not even in the box

      • Troll_E_G

        Smh sun, where’s the intelligent reply….save the jargon

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  • Chris Bark

    Not a good look for Kanye, but this is some weak sh!t

    Where is the vocal condemnation of Halliburton, KBR and all the other companies doing business (billions of dollars) with these dictators ? 3M is pocket change to them.

    • Troll_E_G

      Why is not a good look

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  • MrNoName2K

    KANYE STAY IN SOME SH*T.. the nigga was straight at first but this little drama queen is getting pretty annoying

    • Troll_E_G

      What’s so wrong in his actions

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  • Negro Peligro

    That’s how you know dudes really don’t be believing in what they are saying.

    • Troll_E_G

      What do u mean?

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