Don’t be misguided on Turkmenistan

Specific human-rights criteria are needed on Turkmenistan.

In October, Veronika Szente Goldston of Human Rights Watch wrote that the European Parliament must “send a clear message that enhanced relations with the European Union must go hand in hand with concrete improvements in human rights” when it considers whether to support a partnership and co-operation agreement (PCA) with Turkmenistan (“A test of Parliament’s resolve”,, 31 October 2012). 

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