Turkmenistan Harrumphs at Human Rights Criticism
Turkmenistan stuck its head above the parapet in September by dispatching an official delegation to a major human rights and democracy conference for the first time in 12 years.
What the delegation heard at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, an annual event hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, was not to its liking, however.
On September 30, Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry issued a testy press release to complain about “certain people (at the conference) indulging in a range of subjective, provocative attacks and biased comments about Turkmenistan with the clear aim of putting psychological pressure on members of the Turkmen delegation.”
That may in part have been a reference to remarks made at a September 22 meeting by an exiled Turkmen activist, who insisted on referring to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov as a dictator – much to the chagrin of Turkmen officials present.
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