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End A Dissident’s Ordeal in Turkmenistan

Expand Turkmenistan's capital city Ashgabat. © 2015 Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (Wikimedia Commons) Gulgeldy Annaniyazov’s long spell in prison was supposed to end this year, but without concerted international action his ordeal will drag on. Annaniyazov is a dissident from Turkmenistan. He was arrested in 1995 for helping to organize a peaceful demonstration in Ashgabat, the capital, demanding democratic elections and protesting economic hardships. Police crushed the protest because – and this remains true today – Turkmenistan does not tolerate dissent of any kind. Annaniyazov was handed a…

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