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Jennifer Lopez unaware of Turkmenistan human-right issues: Publicist

July 2, 2013 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez's publicist said she was unaware of human rights record of Turkmenistan before performing a private concert in the country for an audience that included the president.

She sang "Happy Birthday" to Turkmenistan President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Criticism prompted from human rights advocates since then who say the government and the president has restricted free speech and have jailed political opponents.

Her publicist Mark Young said the singer would not have performed if they had any knowledge of human-right issues of the country ahead of the event. He added the event was neither government sponsored nor political in nature.

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