Kanye West Slammed For Gig at Kazakhstan President’s Grandson’s Wedding

Posted Tuesday September 3, 2013 12:00 PM GMT

The leaders of Kazakhstan have long been criticized for their human rights violations, but that didn’t stop Kanye West from performing at a wedding for President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson.

The “Love Lockdown” rapper took home a cool $3 million for a private concert at the Almaty Hotel Royal Tulip on Saturday (August 31) and now he’s getting plenty of flak for the decision.

David Mepham, the director of Human Rights Watch, told press that Kazakhstan is guilty of a “serious and deteriorating human rights situation,” including, “credible allegations of torture, the imprisonment of government critics, tight controls over the media and freedom of expression and association, limits in religious freedom, and continuing violation of workers’ rights.”

“The authorities of Kazakhstan have failed to hold the security forces accountable and to carry out an independent investigation into their abuses. It is time to change a culture that always ranks security above human rights. Reform is long overdue and real changes should be introduced as a matter of urgency.”

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