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(RFE/RL) 17 November 2005 -- The Vienna-based International Federation of Human Rights (IHF) says it will confer its "2005 IHF Recognition Award" upon a Kazakh human rights activist.


The award will be presented to Yevgenii Zhovtis, founder of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, during the IHF's general assembly closing on 20 November in Budapest.


The citation for Zhovits states that his combination of commitment to human rights principles, "sharp analytical capacity," and "practical sense" of how to engage in the process of democratic reform has moved Kazakhstan forward.


Previous recipients of IHF's award include Talib Yakubov from the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan.


(www.ihf-hr.org)

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