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UN Rights Body Finds Torture 'Widespread' In Turkmenistan

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization has called on Turkmenistan to heed calls by the UN Committee against Torture to address its "abysmal record" on torture and other serious abuses.

The UN committee issued a report saying it was "deeply concerned by numerous and consistent allegations" about the widespread practice of torture and ill-treatment of detainees by Turkmen authorities.

The UN committee urged Turkmenistan to take "vigorous steps to eliminate impunity for acts of torture and ill-treatment, carry out prompt, impartial and exhaustive investigations, try the perpetrators of such acts, impose appropriate sentences, and properly compensate victims."

Last week, the international human rights monitoring organization Freedom House released its list of the worlds worst human rights abusers, and Turkmenistan was listed among the nine countries that were the "worst of the worst."

compiled from agency reports