On October 22, Turkmen activist Akhmed Rakhmanov , detained by the Turkish authorities, went on a dry hunger strike to protest the policies of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's regime , the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights reports .
“I hope to draw the attention of the international community to the numerous violations of the rights of Turkmen citizens in Turkmenistan and abroad,” he commented on his decision.
On the first day, other Turkmen, who were with him in the Tuzla deportation center, near Istanbul, joined the hunger strike. There are more than a hundred Turkmen residents there, mainly due to problems with expired documents. They are kept in container-like rooms for eight people.
By the end of the day, the leadership of the center promised to "solve the problems of all detainees" by the end of the month. After that, the action was continued only by Akhmed Rakhmanov, today is its fourth day. Others persuade him to at least drink water.
It is assumed that another activist, Kamil Abulov , is also in Tuzla. The third, Bayram Allaliyev , is still held at the police station. It is expected that on October 25 he will also be transferred to a deportation center. The lawyers have not yet been able to meet with any of the detainees.
Akhmed Rakhmanov was detained in Antalya on October 18. A complaint to the court against the decision to deport him will be considered within 15 days.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan