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UN 'Spikes' Expert Plan For Turkmenistan

The United Nations' Human Rights Council has rejected a proposal to appoint an independent expert for Turkmenistan, reports Human Rights Tribune.

The idea for a special rapporteur on Turkmenistan's rights record was put forward by the European Union, along with Canada, Switzerland, and Uruguay.

But the 47-member body, at its session in Geneva, decided against the proposal on September 23.

Instead, the council agreed to ask the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to grant Turkmenistan technical assistance.

Human Rights Tribune says it also urged Turkmenistan to supply information on complaints relating to arbitrary detention, torture, assassination, disappearances, and limits on freedom of the press and opposition parties.

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