Kazakhstan minister describes youth anti-extremism efforsts

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ASTANA -- Kazakhstan is seeking to prevent youth from falling victim to extremist recruitment, Religious Affairs and Civil Society Minister Nurlan Yermekbayev said, according to a Wednesday (July 19) report by NewTimes.kz.

A plan to prevent women's radicalism, called "Women and Religion", has been developed to work in the country's universities, he said during an Astana news conference, adding, "The Kyz Jibek clubs [another effort] seek to inculcate girls with national values. We're also starting a project, 'Youth against Extremism', in which an NGO from South Kazakhstan Province won a contest for a grant."

Other efforts to thwart radicalism in Kazakhstan include the 114 hotline and a network of rehab centres for recovering radicals, he said.

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