EUCJ supported the General Prosecutor Office's photo exhibition about convicts held at KAZGUU

EUCJ supported the General Prosecutor Office's photo exhibition about convicts held at KAZGUU

Astana, December 8, 2017. On the eve of the International Human Rights Day, the General Prosecutor Office presented the photo exhibition "Earn your freedom" at KAZGUU, dedicated to the lives of convicts who got their release through exemplary behaviour and hard work, and successfully integrated into the society. The exhibition is arranged in the framework of the prison reform and provides an opportunity to see real life stories behind the dry statistics. The exhibition is open until December 16. 2017 in KAZGUU. 

The heroes of the project: 


Anar Suleimenova, 38, from Semey. Mother of six children. Her sixth child was born while she was incarcerated. Anar served time for fraud. She started working in the prison kindergarten at the Chemolgan prison as a volunteer nurse, but later gained official employment there. Now, thanks to the probation programme, she is taking a course in cooking and baking and undergoing an internship at a local school. 

Kazbek Nurtazin, 33, from Uralsk. He served time for three offences: robbery, extortion, and kidnapping. During his two years in prison, he started a business manufacturing light-weight concrete blocks, rings and metal structures. His business employed more than 20 prisoners serving time in the industrial zone. Now he owns a construction and heavy transport rental business. His staff include many ex-convicts. 

Alexander Nekrasov, 28, from Karaganda. Alexander served time for group robbery. While in prison, he worked as an apprentice carpenter and also learned welding. Thanks to the probation programme, he took a short-term course in gas metal-arc welding, and is now working for "Aspap" company. After release from prison, he got married, and now he and his wife are expecting their first child. 

Saule Mektepbayeva, the EUCJ operations manager opened the photoexbition along with the KAZGUU representatives. She also gave a guest lecture about the project on 10 measures to reduce the prison population. This joint project was launched by the General Prosecutor Office in 2012. On November 22, 2017 it was recognized as the “Best Project of the Year” award in the category "Management of a complex project" at the international competition for professional project management in the public sector "Project Olympus" held in Moscow.

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