Turkmenistan has, after nine years, presented its first report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT). UN representatives found the report to be lacking in detail, and disappointed by the responses of Turkmen officials to pointed questions.
UN rapporteurs reviewed Turkmenistan’s initial report during a two-day meeting in Geneva on May 17-18. They also had the chance to question members of a Turkmen delegation on the report’s contents, as well as on how the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is being implemented in Turkmenistan.
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Deirdre Tynan is Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asia affairs.