The current week in Kazakhstan was dedicated to the International Human Rights Day celebrated traditionally on the 10th of December all over the world. For example, the European Union (EU) Reception to Kazakhstan ran a large-scale campaign: social videos were produced and showed, partner organizations that contributed much to human rights protection and promotion were awarded, and a photo exhibition was held.
A gala reception organized in Astana by the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan became a great event. More than 150 representatives of government agencies, businesses, culture and art of Kazakhstan and the European Union took part in the event. The parliamentary deputy, diplomat Byrganym Aitimova, the Paralympic Champion in swimming Zulfia Gabidullina, journalist and TV presenter Lyaila Sultankyzy, singer and fashion designer Lidiya Dosalina (Lido) were among the guests. Artur Tolepov, actor, and Dina Tasbulatova, actress, supported the EU information campaigns at #EU4HumanRights and #EU4Women that are now being carried out in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Well-known Kazakh opera singer Sundet Baigozhin performed one of the best opera parts at the event. Recently the singer has had a performance at the Rome Opera House promoting cultural relations between the EU and Kazakhstan. Also, journalist Lyaila Sultankyzy made presentation of a new book “Ayiel” (The Woman) on the same day for the international community.
During the reception, the International Human Rights Award ceremony was held for the EU partner organizations that made a significant contribution to human rights protection and promotion in Kazakhstan. Nominees were selected by a specially created International Community Panel in Kazakhstan.
Photo exhibition “The EU-Central Asia Faces of Cooperation” became a significant event where there were presented over 50 portraits of people from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan who contributed to the development of long-term and fruitful cooperation between the European Union and Central Asia. Among these 50 people is Jamila Asanova, chief executive officer of the Civil Society Development Association (ARGO).
It should be noted that the goals of #EU4HumanRights and #EU4Women campaigns are to raise public awareness of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and also to discuss priorities in the human rights sphere in the EU foreign policy.
Along with the EU Delegation in Kazakhstan, the Penal Reform International (PRI) Central Asia office noted it too. This organization for the first time established the annual PRI Human Rights Award for particular contribution to human rights protection and promotion. The award was launched in Kazakhstan and will be held in other countries of the world in the years to come. Among the awarded are well-known human rights advocates, government officials and journalists.