The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was able to visit a prison for the first time in Turkmenistan, turkmenistan.ru, a semi-official news agency reported. A delegation headed by ICRC regional representative Francois Blansi visited Ashgabat from July 10-16, following up on a previous trip in June:
During its visit, the delegation also visited one of the institutions of the system of the Interior Ministry of Turkmenistan and familiarized itself with conditions for incarceration of persons there.
No more details were available about the location or types of prisoners, and the ICRC has not made a statement, evidently in keeping with its usual principles of confidentiality regarding prison visits. The official government web site did not mention the prison visit although it noted the ICRC visit and meetings with various ministries.
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