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On July 16, police in Turkmenistan arrested a doctor whose unfair dismissal was raised during a human rights panel that I moderated that was held a day earlier by the European Parliament. Khursanai Ismatullaeva had worked at a neonatal clinic near…
Kursanai Ismatullaeva detained Turkmenistan
On July 6 the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, will be in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, to lay the groundwork to open an office of an EU delegation. The EU has 140 delegations around the world, and it’s a mark of prestige for…
A Turkmen choir dressed in green, the national flag color, sings the national anthem at the opening ceremony of the world weightlifting championships.
As of March 1, Finland will allow same-sex couples to marry, bringing to thirteen the number of European countries with marriage equality laws.Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement on February 21, affirmed…
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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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…
Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak at a press conference in Berlin, Germany, August 29, 2016.
Next week’s United Nations General Assembly will feature dozens of heads of state and a host of urgent crises in desperate need of resolution. Why should anyone care that the president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, will be among the…