Wednesday, November 04, 2015

'Not bad for one afternoon's work': Cameron boasts about £3billion in deals sealed with Kazakh despot accused of torture...

David Cameron faced intense criticism today after sealing £3billion in trade deals with the president of Kazakhstan accused of torture and silencing critics.

The Prime Minister posed on the steps of Downing Street with Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was recently re-elected with 97.75 per cent of the vote.

After signing off on 40 trade deals, Mr Cameron boasted it was 'not bad for one afternoon's work', but campaign groups accused the government of putting business before human rights.

Mr Nazabayev has ruled the former Soviet republic with an iron fist for 26 years. His visit is controversial due to allegations of torture, shooting of protestors, religious repression and media censorship in the oil-rich country.

Campaigners urged Mr Cameron to raise these human rights abuses with Mr Nazarbayev during his visit, which is aimed at boosting economic ties.

A briefing last month from Human Rights Watch says there has been 'an unequivocal and marked deterioration' in the country's record over the last five years. Full story...

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