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Posted by admin on 2017/6/12 9:26:00 (1926 reads)

The “Prove They Are Alive!” campaign

His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres
United Nations Secretary General
Cc: Mr. Zeid Ra`ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dear Secretary General Guterres:

We, members of the international human rights campaign “Prove They Are Alive!”, appeal to you to use your authority when meeting with leaders of Turkmenistan, including President Berdymukhamedov, to demand that the Turkmen authorities put an immediate end to the shameful practice of enforced disappearances in the country’s prisons and immediately provide the families of the disappeared in Turkmenistan information about their loved ones, allow the disappeared to receive packages and have visits with their families and legal counsel, and provide open access to Turkmenistan’s prisons by international observers such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, including to the maximum security prison, Ovadan Depe.

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Posted by admin on 2017/6/9 12:57:00 (2048 reads)

Human Rights Watch

100-Day Countdown Puts Spotlight on Rights Abuses

Turkmenistan’s atrocious human rights record risks completely overshadowing its hosting of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games unless the leadership of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) urge the Turkmen government to address human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch and the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) said today.

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Posted by admin on 2017/5/4 13:56:00 (2168 reads)

We would like to share a guide, written by Michael Dagan, the journalist to his colleagues all over the world. The guide can help them protect their work and fulfil their mission.

Posted by admin on 2017/3/2 10:26:00 (2352 reads)

Turkmenistan’s political model appears far more fragile than the record after twenty­five years of independence might lead one to believe.

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Posted by admin on 2017/3/1 10:16:00 (2929 reads)

Twenty­five years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Turkmenistan holds the title of the most authoritarian of all former Soviet states. Saparmurat Niyazov, the country’s last Soviet and first post­Soviet leader, created a political system based on repression and hydrocarbon wealth. He used the proceeds from Turkmenistan’s vast natural gas reserves to finance an internal security apparatus, an omnipresent propaganda machine, and a measure of material well­being for the population through deep subsidies for the basic necessities of life.

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Posted by admin on 2017/1/30 10:08:00 (2164 reads)

OSCE Permanent Council No 1129, Vienna, 26 January 2017

The European Union reaffirms its strong commitment to the prevention of enforced disappearances, which constitutes a serious violation of human rights that guarantee, inter alia, the right not to be subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The European Union is concerned about reports that Mr. Tirkish Tyrmyev, former Head of the State Border Service of Turkmenistan, died in prison on 13 January 2017.

Mr. Tyrmyev was one of the first victims of enforced disappearances about whom we learnt of in Turkmenistan and one of its most prominent victims. According to reports by the campaign “Prove They Are Alive!”, he had been subjected to complete isolation, torture and ill-treatment during his 15 years of imprisonment. We therefore call on the Turkmen government to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of Mr. Tyrmyev’s death and the accusations of torture in Turkmen prisons.

Reports by non-governmental organisations indicate that the case of Mr. Tuymyev is one grave example in a broader pattern. The Prove They Are Alive! campaign has documented 88 cases of enforced disappearances in Turkmenistan’s prisons from the early 2000s and is investigating over a dozen more from the same period, signalling a long-standing serious and systemic violation of international standards and commitments. In the past 13 months alone, the campaign has documented the deaths of four of those disappeared persons in the Turkmen prison system.

The European Union welcomes the fact that the Turkmen Government gave permission to diplomatic missions and representations of multilateral organisations such as the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat to visit two prisons in 2015 and 2016. We expect the announced visit to Dashoguz women’s prison in the very near future. We furthermore call on the government of Turkmenistan to also allow representatives of the ICRC to visit prisons in which the so-called disappeared persons are being held.

The European Union reiterates its strong call on Turkmenistan, also made during its 8th Human Rights dialogue with Turkmenistan on 17 May last year and at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in 2016, to immediately and effectively address and eradicate the problem of enforced disappearances. The European Union reaffirms its strong commitment to the prevention of enforced disappearances, which constitutes a serious violation of human rights that guarantee, inter alia, the right not to be subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The European Union has repeatedly urged all participating States, including Turkmenistan, to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and to take practical steps to combat enforced disappearances.

The European Union stands ready to continue dialogue with Turkmenistan, including on human rights issues.

Posted by admin on 2017/1/17 20:22:57 (2246 reads)

Turkmenistan is among the world’s most repressive and closed countries, where the president and his associates have total control over all aspects of public life.

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Posted by admin on 2016/12/8 7:44:00 (2263 reads)

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called on the authorities in Turkmenistan to «immediately» release RFE/RL contributor Khudayberdy Allashov.

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Posted by admin on 2016/11/30 7:42:00 (2176 reads)

Cholpon Orozobekova

The UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva questions Turkmenistan over abuses in its prisons

Delegation members have not given concrete responses to all questions during the two-day meeting; they kept referring to articles of different laws. Unfortunately, what is written on paper and what’s going on in real life are not the same.

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Posted by admin on 2016/11/20 7:38:00 (1885 reads)

Bruce Pannier.

Habibov was arrested in August on charges of possession and sale of narcotics, but that might not be the reason he ran into trouble with the law.

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