Turkmenistan: Threats Against Relatives of Dissidents Abroad

Turkmenistani security officials have questioned and threatened a 14-year-old boy in retaliation for the outspoken views of his uncle, a Turkmen activist and journalist who lives in Turkey, four independent human rights groups said today.

The threats, in early May 2021, are part of a wave of harassment against the activist, Rozybai Jumamuradov, and of a rising number of incidents in which Turkmenistani officials have pressured critics based outside the country, through their relatives in the country.

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