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Turkmenistan: Fear of torture or ill-treatment/ incommunicado detention/ prisoners of conscience

, Index number: EUR 61/001/2006

Dzhumadurdy Ovezov and Meretmuhammet Khommadov, journalists, aged 54, from the Mary region of southeastern Turkmenistan, have been held incommunicado since their arrest on 7 March, and are at risk of torture or ill-treatment. Amnesty International believes that they are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression.

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