Kanye West in Kazakhstan

HRF condemns American entertainer Kanye West for performing at the wedding of Kazakhstani president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson for a reported fee of $3 million. HRF’s criticism has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, become a trending topic on Twitter, and is estimated to have reached millions of individuals around the world. Through this campaign, HRF is able to educate millions of individuals on human rights abuse and the lack of democracy in Kazakhstan. 

Kanye West in Kazakhstan
Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kanye West

A selection of articles featuring HRF on the Kanye West controversy is available here:

"Rights Group Slams Kanye West for Kazakhstan Gig"
Yahoo! News Singapore

"Kanye West Performs for a Dictator's Family, and Human Rights Activists Are Livid"
Mother Jones

"Human Rights Group DIngs Kanye for Kazakhstan Trip"
Associated Press

"Kanye’s $3M Kazakh Cash-in"
The New York Post

"Human Rights Foundation Chastises Rapper Kanye West for Kazakhstan Wedding Performance"
The Washington Post

"Kanye West Criticized for Kazakhstan Performance"
Rolling Stone

"Kanye's Kazakhstan Concert Not First Controversial Gig Of Its Kind"
MTV News

"Kanye West Under Fire from Human Rights Foundation After Performing for ‘Ruthless’ Dictator’s Family in Kazakhstan"
National Post

"Kanye Draws Human Rights Foundation's Ire With Kazakhstan Performance"
The Huffington Post

"The Wedding Singer: Kanye West Under Fire"
The Miami Herald

"Kanye West Criticized By Human Rights Foundation Over His Kazakhstan Performance"
Billboard

"Five Places Kanye West Could Have Performed Other Than Kazakhstan"
The Los Angeles Times

"Kanye West Under Fire for Kazakhstan Show"
The Wall Street Journal

"Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club"
NPR

"Kanye West Receives Backlash From Human Rights Foundation For Kazakhstan Gig"
Vibe Magazine

"Kanye West Under Fire for Kazakhstan Performance"
BET

"Dennis Rodman, Jennifer Lopez and Kanye West: BFFs with Dictators"
The Guardian