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Turkmenistan is Not Free After All | Human Rights Watch

Turkmenistan’s authoritarian president looked concerned and irritated. Speaking at a press conference after his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to Berlin, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov had just presented a long and glowing picture of his Central Asian country.

Location of Turkmenistan: Wikipedia

Location of Turkmenistan: Wikipedia

Then the first question from a German journalist came. It was about human rights in Turkmenistan –  one issue he had not addressed. Another lengthy speech ensued, on how Turkmenistan’s laws are based on United Nations human rights standards – but also, of course, “reflect national traditions.” And he added his own rhetorical question: “Tell me which other country gives its citizens gas and electricity for free?”

Source: Turkmenistan is Not Free After All | Human Rights Watch

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