Astana, December 8, 2017. On the eve of the International Day of Human Rights, the General Prosecutor's Office presented the photo exhibition " Deserve freedom yourself" in KazGLU, dedicated to the fate of convicts who deserved freedom by exemplary behavior and honest work, and successfully integrated into society.
The project tells the stories of three convicts who once stumbled, but realized their mistakes and with the support of the state, started life from scratch.
The metropolitan photographers Arman Baisadykov and Lena Sorokina, journalist Ksenia Pridatchenko and cameraman Azamat Zhanabekov took part in the project.
The exhibition is held within the framework of prison reform and provides an opportunity to review behind the statistics the history of specific people.
The heroes of the project were:
Anar Suleimenova, 38 years old, Semey city. She is a mother of six children. She gave birth to the sixth child in a colony. She served time for fraud. In the House of the Child at the Women's Colony in Chemolgan village she worked as a nurse on a volunteer basis, later she got a job officially. Now thanks to the probation service she attends courses of the cook-confectioner and is practicing at school.
Kazbek Nurtazin, 33 years old, Uralsk city. He served time in three articles: robbery, extortion, kidnapping. For two years in the colony he opened a business for the production of expanded clay blocks, rings and metal structures. He employed more than 20 convicts in the industrial zone. Now he is engaged in building houses and renting buses and KAMAZ vehicles. Among his employees at liberty are former prisoners.
Alexander Nekrasov, 28, Karaganda city. He served time for group robbery. In the colony he worked as a student carpenter and there he became acquainted with welding work. Thanks to the probation service, he took short-term courses in the field of gas and electric welder, now he works in the PC "Aspap". After the release of freedom he married, waiting for the appearance of the first child.
After the opening of the exhibition, there was a guest lecture of the EUCJ operations manager in Kazakhstan Saule Mektepbayeva.
The speaker spoke about the results of the project implemented jointly with the prosecutor's office in 2012 - "10 measures to reduce the prison population", recognized as the best project of the year in the nomination "Management of a complex project" at the international competition for professional management of project activities in the public sector "Project Olympus" in Moscow November 22 of the current year.
The implementation of this project allowed Kazakhstan over five years to rise in the international ranking by the number of prison population from 35th to 70th place out of 222 possible, ahead of a number of European countries. During the implementation of the project, the number of prisoners fell by a quarter (there were 49 thousand in the 12th year, today - 35 thousand). The reduction of the prison population contributed to the closure of the 8 colonies in 2016 and the saving of about 12 billion budget funds.
The exhibition is organized with the support of the European Union project on improving the criminal justice system in Kazakhstan (EUCJ).
The event will continue in KazGLU until December 16.