Eight COs Released in Turkmenistan
Eight of Turkmenistan's nine known imprisoned prisoners of conscience jailed for exercising freedom of religion or belief were released under presidential amnesty. Six were conscientious objectors to military service and two had been imprisoned on fabricated charges to punish them for exercising their freedom of religion or belief. One newly-sentenced conscientious objector, Ruslan Narkuliyev, was not released: possibly as his name was left off a list. Jehovah's Witnesses hope the prisoner releases may lead to recognition of the right to conscientious objection to military service.
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