Will Kazakhstan Admit Turkmen Human Rights Activists to OSCE Meetings in Astana?
Turkmen human rights activists are concerned they will not receive visas to travel to Astana for events related to the summit of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights reported, citing a statement from the Russian Memorial Human Rights Center.
Memorial is one of the participants in a parallel NGO conference of civil society organizations to be held November 28-29, before the official summit December 1-2 in Astana.
Annadurdy Hajiev, co-founder of the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights based in Bulgaria, is reportedly being denied entry to Kazakhstan. With only days remaining before the third and final OSCE review conference in Astana and subsequent parallel meeting, he has not yet been granted a visa to Kazakhstan.
"We are getting the impression that Kazakhstan is deliberately dragging out the issuance of visas to obstruct my participation in conferences in Astana," Memorial quoted Hajiev as saying.
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