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Posted by admin on 2019/1/27 8:22:00 (2209 reads)

Central Asia: Want Investment? Protect Rights
End Political Detention, Free Expression Restrictions

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Posted by admin on 2018/10/6 12:33:35 (2641 reads)

Statement by the Prove They Are Alive! Campaign

UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres has a rare opportunity to raise human rights issues directly with Turkmenistan’s autocratic president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Prove They Are Alive! international campaign said today. Gutteres should urge Berdymukhamedov to end enforced disappearances in Turkmenistan’s prison system, the campaign said.

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Posted by admin on 2018/8/31 8:04:55 (2485 reads)

Statement by the Prove They Are Alive! Campaign

Enforced disappearances in Turkmenistan’s prison system is the country’s most acute human rights problem...

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Posted by admin on 2018/8/10 7:18:00 (2555 reads)

Carry out Ruling in Muradova Case

(Washington, DC) - The United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found the Turkmen government responsible for the torture and death of a human rights activist, the Prove They are Alive Campaign! said today. The activist, Olgusapar Muradova, died in state custody in 2006, after her arrest and trial on politically motivated charges. Human Rights Watch is a member of the campaign.

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Posted by admin on 2018/8/3 13:30:00 (2554 reads)

of a Journalist.

NEW YORK—In a grim indictment of Turkmenistan’s notoriously dire human rights record, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has found the government there responsible for the torture and death in custody after an unfair trial of Ogulsapar Muradova, a journalist and human rights activist who died in prison in September 2006.

Muradova had been a member and cofounder of the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation, an independent human rights group based in Bulgaria, and was also a reporter for the Turkmen service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She was arrested over her human rights work in June 2006, together with her brother Sapardurdy Khadzhiev and another activist, Annakurban Amanklychev.

Muradova was subsequently sentenced to six years in prison after a bogus trial that lasted just two hours. The following month, her family learned from a neighbor that she had died in prison.

Injuries to Muradova’s body indicated that she died a violent death, including a deep cut in her forehead, a dark mark around her neck suggesting strangulation, three wounds on one of her hands, swelling and bruising to one of her ankles, and a large bruise on her thigh. But the Turkmen government never investigated the circumstances of Muradova’s death, and claimed that she died of natural causes. More recently, the government claimed that it had investigated her death—without providing any information about that investigation—and that she had committed suicide.

In its decision in Khadzhiyev and Muradova v. Turkmenistan adopted on April 6, 2018, the Human Rights Committee issued a sweeping condemnation of Turkmenistan’s conduct, including:

that the government of Turkmenistan arbitrarily detained Muradova due to her journalistic and human rights activities;
that no effective investigation was conducted into allegations of torture and her death in custody; and
that the government’s failure to provide any information about her death caused anguish and mental stress of her brother Annadurdy Khadzhiyev, who brought the complaint to the Committee that amounted to inhuman treatment.
In its decision, the committee called on the government of Turkmenistan to make full reparations to Muradova’s family, including by conducting a prompt and impartial investigation into what happened to her, by an independent commission of inquiry if required. The decision also called for adequate compensation and measures of satisfaction, including steps by the government to rehabilitate Muradova’s name.

Turkmenistan was also ordered to provide the family with a full account of its investigations, including the autopsy, copies of trial transcripts, and the court verdict. The government should also take all steps to prevent similar violations.

The complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee was filed by lawyers of the Open Society Justice Initiative on behalf of Annadurdy Khadzhiyev, who welcomed the ruling as a “sad victory for my late sister.” He added: “At the same time, this decision reminds us about the others who have died in Turkmen prisons after torture, and of those still imprisoned on fabricated charges. Unfortunately, the case of my sister is not an exception but an illustration of Turkmen realities.”

Masha Lisitsyna, a senior legal officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative said: “The Human Rights Committee ruling is the first step to deliver justice to the family of Ogulsapar Muradova. It is critically important for Turkmenistan to promptly take measures for the rehabilitation of her name and provide the family with the documents that might shed light on the circumstances of her trial and her death. Taking into account the grave nature of violations and total impunity, international partners should call on Turkmenistan to establish a commission of inquiry into this and similar cases.”

Human Rights Watch has described Turkmenistan as “one of the world’s most closed and oppressively governed countries.”

In 2015, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled that Muradova’s brother Sapardurdy Khadzhiev had been subjected to torture and ill treatment, including to obtain a forced confession; that he had been unlawfully detained; and that he had been denied his right to see his family while in prison. The Turkmenistan government has so far not taken any steps to implement the decision.

In 2013, a group of human rights organizations launched an international campaign to protect those in Turkmen prisons called Prove They Are Alive! that currently counts 113 confirmed cases of forced disappearances in Turkmenistan. Many of these individuals have experiences similar to Muradova’s fate: they were perceived as a threat to the regime, there has been no verifiable information about their whereabouts since their arrest or trial, none of them had any contact with their family, and none of them have been seen by legal representation.

UN bodies and international human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned Turkmenistan for its serious human rights violations, in particular for torture and ill treatment against political opponents, journalists, and activists. During its review of Turkmenistan’s human rights record in 2017, the Human Rights Committee also expressed its concern over a number of other issues, including constraints on religious freedoms, the use of forced labor, and the lack of an independent judiciary.

Posted by admin on 2018/7/30 19:04:00 (2743 reads)

under article 5 (4)of the Optional Protocol, concerning
communication No. 2252/2013*, **

Posted by admin on 2018/6/30 18:20:00 (2909 reads)

June 30, Amsterdam — The health condition of Mansur Mingelov, an imprisoned activist for the rights of Baloch minority in Turkmenistan, has worsened in recent weeks, as he was unable to receive proper medical assistance at LB-K/11 strict regime labor camp in Seydi, Lebap province. Last week Mingelov’s relatives found him in the medical unit of the camp, “skin and bones,” with prison doctors failing to provide him with necessary treatment.

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Posted by admin on 2018/5/12 8:38:09 (2640 reads)

Key Issues and Recommendations

Turkmenistan’s government has not implemented key recommendations it received during the 2013 UPR, and the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly; freedom from torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances; freedom of movement; and adequate compensation for forced evictions continue to be seriously and systematically violated in the country.

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Posted by admin on 2018/4/17 7:43:56 (2214 reads)

EU statement on Enforced Disappearances in Turkmenistan
OSCE Permanent Council, 12 April 2018

The European Union is concerned about reports that two further victims of enforced disappearances have died in prison in Turkmenistan. Mr. Begmurad Otuzov, former Head of the Investigative Department of the National Security Committee of Turkmenistan, reportedly died in prison in early February 2018 after more than 15 years in full isolation in Ovadan Depe prison, during which period he had no contact with the outside world. Mr. Allamurat Allakuliev, former Head of the Fourth Department of the National Security Committee of Turkmenistan, reportedly died after sixteen years in BLK/4, a special colony for former law enforcement officials in Balkan Velayat.

These cases are regrettably only two grave examples of a broader pattern of continued human rights violations in Turkmenistan, which include arbitrary detention, lack of fair trials, enforced disappearances as well as torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Prove They Are Alive! Campaign has currently documented more than one hundred cases of people kept in full isolation in Turkmenistan’s prisons. Mr. Allakuliev’s death marks at least the 11th death in custody over the past three years. The fate of many other disappeared people in Turkmenistan’s prisons remains unknown.

The EU reiterates its strong call on Turkmenistan to immediately and effectively acknowledge this problem, take action on the outstanding cases and to eradicate the problem of enforced disappearances. We also call on Turkmenistan to respond to the recommendations made previously in the UN Human Rights Council, in the UN Committee Against Torture and in the OSCE Permanent Council, in relation to human rights concerns as well as the recommendations made in the Moscow Mechanism report by OSCE rapporteur Dr. Emmanuel Decaux, which was published 15 years ago.

The EU reaffirms its strong commitment to the prevention of enforced disappearances, which constitutes a serious violation of human rights, inter alia, the right to not be subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Our international and OSCE commitments are clear: any forms of torture and ill-treatment are unequivocally prohibited, under all circumstances and without exemptions.

The EU has repeatedly urged all participating States, including Turkmenistan, to consider ratifying the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disapperance, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, and to take practical steps to combat enforced disappearances. This includes effectively investigating allegations of enforced disappearances, bringing perpetrators to justice and providing proper redress to the victims and their families.

In this context, we take note of the recent announcements made by President Berdimuhammedov before the Parliament to strengthen the implementation of the rule of law in Turkmenistan. Especially, we appreciate plans to improve the criminal law and penitentiary system as well as strengthening judicial independence. We also welcome plans to improve the situation of civil society organizations and democratic exchange.

The European Union stands ready to continue dialogue with Turkmenistan, including on human rights issues and the enforced disappearances. We are also looking forward to a continuation of the visits by diplomatic missions and representations of multilateral organizations to prisons in Turkmenistan in the near future.

Posted by admin on 2018/3/31 7:51:13 (2433 reads)

The “Prove They Are Alive!” campaign

The International Community Must Take Immediate and Strong Action on the Problem of Enforced Disappearances in Turkmenistan.

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