DCSIMG

Ambassador Kelly on the Release of Former Minister of Culture in Turkmenistan

U.S. Mission to the OSCE - Vienna, Austria



AS DELIVERED

The United States Government welcomes the recent release of Turkmenistan’s former Minister of Culture Geldimurat Nurmuhammedov. Mr. Nurmuhammedov, who had been detained at a treatment center for drug addiction since a closed court proceeding on October 5, 2012, was released from custody on July 3. We understand that he is at home with his family and in good health.

We view the positive resolution of Mr. Nurmuhammedov’s case as an important and encouraging indication of Turkmenistan’s intent to abide by international human rights standards and its OSCE commitments. We encourage and support continued efforts by the Government of Turkmenistan to increase respect for fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, which remain essential to a secure and prosperous future for all of its citizens.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Disclaimer: The Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy, in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, of the U.S. Department of State manages this site as a portal for international human rights related information from the United States Government. External links to other internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.