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Jennifer Lopez has found herself in the middle of a human rights controversy after a concert in Turkmenistan yesterday.
The singer performed in the former Soviet Bloc country and sang "Happy Birthday" to the leader of the country, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, after being asked to by the China National Petroleum Corp., which was hosting the event.
The dictator, who wasn't present at the concert, has been heavily criticized for his oppressive rule. The Human Rights Watch website claims media and religious freedoms are subject to heavy restrictions and activists face imprisonment in the country.
Jennifer's publicist defended the star in a statement today saying, "Had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended."
JLo has previously been criticized for performing at the wedding of a businessman in the Ukraine (for which she was reportedly paid $1 million) and for a Russian mogul (who allegedly gave her $1.4 million for a 10-minute performance).