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World's worst human rights violators

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Turkmenistan: None of Turkmenistan's elections have been free or fair due to widespread corruption, with public officials often forced to bribe their way into their positions. The government restricts the freedom of speech, the press, freedom of religion, and independent groups face persecution. The authorities frequently deny rights of due process, including public trials and access to defense attorneys. Prisons suffer from overcrowding and inadequate nutrition and medical care, and international organizations are not permitted to visit prisoners. Here, a family in Dashkhovuz, Turkmenistan sits outside their home.

PHOTO: Newscom/FILE

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