German technology companies should publicly disclose whether they are considering sales to the Turkmenistan
government, Human Rights Watch said today. They should also reveal what steps they have taken to assess whether any technology sold is likely to be used by the government to block websites and carry out surveillance in violation of human rights. In February 2018, Turkmen state media outlets reported
that a senior vice president at Rohde and Schwarz, a major German technology firm, had met with Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.