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The authorities continued their relentless campaign to stifle all forms of public criticism and peaceful dissent at home and abroad. They discriminated against women, girls and LGBTI people, arbitrarily restricting their rights, freedoms and bodily autonomy in the name of “national culture”. Access to the internet remained strictly controlled. Turkmenistan failed to take meaningful action to combat climate change. The authorities used state imposed forced labour in cotton production.

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