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Human rights did not improve, despite a National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2020 launched in April. Independent civil society organizations could not operate freely. Turkmenistan remained closed to independent human rights monitors. Freedoms of expression, association and religion were heavily restricted and limits on freedom of movement were retained. Sex between men remained a criminal offence.

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Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty



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