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Turkmenistan to work on prisoner rights

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, May 19 (UPI) -- Top law-enforcement officials from Turkmenistan participated Tuesday in a seminar designed to help integrate international human rights laws for prisoners.

The seminar, set up by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, brought together 30 of Turkmenistan's high-ranking police officials for discussions on international legal standards for the treatment of prisoners, the OSCE reported.

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Following the seminar's conclusion Wednesday, officials say students at the Turkmenistan Police Academy will also take part in specialized training on ensuring prisoners' human rights as part of an effort by leaders in Turkmenistan to comply with international standards.

"We welcome the interest of Turkmenistan's authorities in opening up new areas of cooperation with the OSCE, and in particular further strengthening the knowledge of penitentiary staff about universally recognized principles and rules related to the treatment of prisoners," Ambassador Arsim Zekolli, the head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, said in a statement.

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