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Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Last week, the 16th session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council completed its review of Turkmenistan's human rights record and issued a final report with recommendations focusing on human rights and the rule of law. The Director of Turkmenistan’s National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Yazdursun Kurbannazarova, in her response to the report, said that Turkmenistan will not be considering some of the recommendations at all. " Out of the 183 recommendations we do not agree with only eight,” Kurbannazarova said, objecting to the recommendation regarding political prisoners, claiming, “we do not have any.” She also took issue with the recommendation to decriminalize sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex, saying that “such behavior goes against the mentality and the culture of the Turkmen society.”

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