September 20, 2008

Activists Rise Defend Human Rights in EU

Ethical action is alive & well in Paris!
Activists occupy Turkmenistan's embassy in Paris
The Associated Press
Published: September 19, 2008
PARIS: Activists have occupied Turkmenistan's embassy in Paris to demand the release of two journalists held in the Central Asian country.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says the activists from media watchdog Reporters Without Borders briefly entered the embassy before leaving peacefully.
The activists were calling attention to the plight of journalists in Turkmenistan during a meeting Thursday in Paris of Central Asian and European leaders.
They were demanding the release of Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadjiev, two journalists imprisoned since 2006. They were arrested with journalist and rights activist Ogulsapar Muradova, who later died in prison.
Kouchner said he also had urged for the release of the journalists.

24 months ago: Members of the International media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hold a poster of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov reading "murder" 14 September 2006 in the Turkmenistan embassy in Paris. RSF's members occupy the Turmenistan embassy due to the death of a Turkmen journalist working for Radio Free Europe who has died in jail in Ashgabat, less than a month after she was sentenced to six years behind bars, the US-funded radio station said 14 September 2006. Turkmenistan has been widely condemned by rights organisations as one of the most repressive regimes in the world. It was classed as the third worst for press freedom in 2005 by Reporters Without Borders. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

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