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On October 22, Turkmen activist Akhmed Rakhmanov, detained by the Turkish authorities, went on a dry hunger strike to protest the policies of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s regime, the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights reports.
“I hope to draw the attention of the international community to the numerous violations of the rights of Turkmen citizens in Turkmenistan and abroad,” he commented on his decision.
On the first day, other Turkmen, who were with him in the Tuzla deportation center, near Istanbul, joined the hunger strike. There are more than a hundred Turkmen residents there, mainly due to problems with expired documents. They are kept in container-like rooms for eight people.