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Turkmenistan Domestic Developments

Turkmen President Announces Amnesty in Honor of Flag Day
On the eve of the Flag Day celebrated in Turkmenistan on February 19, President Berdymukhamedov signed a decree “On pardoning convicted persons.” No official sources reported on the number of people to be released during this amnesty. According to Turkmenistan Human Rights Initiative, on February 17, Penal Colony LBK/9 in Turkmenabad, built for 450 prisoners, released 30 people. Penal Colony MRK/16 in Bairamali, built for 800 prisoners, released about 100 prisoners. Recently, MRK/16 dismissed nearly all of its staff. No other information about the number of amnestied individuals is available. Turkmenistan has 14 prisons of various security levels.
Sources: Turkmenistan Chronicles, trend.az   

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