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Pressemitteilung: Activist’s Family Barred from Travel Abroad Brother of Exiled Rights Defender Halted at the Airport

Turkmenistani authorities have barred the family of one of the country’s most prominent human rights defenders from traveling abroad, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee said today. The Turkmenistani government should immediately end its longstanding practice of banning government critics and their family members from foreign travel, the groups said.

On April 10, 2014, Turkmenistani authorities barred Ruslan Tukhbatullin from flying to Istanbul to visit his brother, Farid. Farid Tukhbatullin is the head of the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, one of the most prominent human rights groups working on Turkmenistan. He has lived in exile in Austria since 2003, after he was released from prison in Turkmenistan. He had been convicted of politically motivated charges and pressured by the authorities to leave the country.

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