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Posted by admin on 2018/1/23 13:38:00 (2639 reads)

Events of 2017

Turkmenistan remains one of the world’s most closed and oppressively governed countries. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and his associates control all aspects of public life. Elections extended Berdymukhamedov’s presidential term for another seven years.

The government effectively bans all forms of religious and political expression not approved by authorities, tightly controls media, and allows no independent monitoring groups. Dozens of people remain victims of enforced disappearance.

In 2017, Turkmenistan hosted the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), marking a rare departure from the country’s self-imposed isolation, but prompting the government to clamp down further on expression and other rights.

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Posted by admin on 2017/12/15 17:21:00 (2921 reads)

On December 7, at noon, several men broke into the apartment of one of Turkmenistan’s most outspoken animal welfare activists Galina Kucherenko (52, on the right) and forcibly took her and her daughter Valeriya Kucherenko (26, left) away. The daughter was kept in the police and was released six hours later. Galina Kucherenko’s fate and location remained unknown until Tuesday, December 12. On that day her daughter received a phone call from a man who introduced himself as a police officer, and asked Valeriya Kucherenko to prepare a parcel with clothes for her mother and to come to a detention center in Arzuw village near Ashgabat. The same day she was allowed to see her mother, hand over medicines, warm clothes and food.

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Posted by admin on 2017/12/7 8:01:00 (2780 reads)

Amnesty International

Public Statement

The Turkmenistani authorities must ensure that prompt, thorough, independent and impartial criminal investigations are conducted into alleged disappearances and other human rights violations.

Umed Uldzhabaev, son of Rustem Dzhumaev, who has been enforcedly disappeared for 15 years: “Of course, it has been very difficult to live in the dark about the fate of my father for 15 years - it is the most brutal torture for us - but there is still hope.”

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Posted by admin on 2017/11/28 8:19:00 (2496 reads)

The government of Turkmenistan has been urged to «immediately respond» to the United Nations and the family of Boris Shikhmuradov about the fate of the former foreign minister and first deputy prime minister.

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Posted by admin on 2017/9/7 8:23:00 (2977 reads)

Human Rights Watch,
Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights

Massive Housing Violations in Ashgabat Ahead of Asian Indoor Games

The government of Turkmenistan has forcibly evicted homeowners in Ashgabat and demolished their homes without adequate compensation in preparation for the Asian Indoor and Marital Arts Games, the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) and Human Rights Watch said today.

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Posted by admin on 2017/9/2 8:41:00 (2653 reads)

Take Urgent Steps to End Enforced Disappearances in Turkmenistan!

Fifteen years ago the first major wave of enforced disappearances took place in Turkmenistan. In the spring and summer of 2002 several high-level government officials, mostly from the security and defense ministries, were sentenced to prison terms between 10 and 20 years. Their names are Allamyrat Allakulyev, Gurban Annadurdyev, Gurbandurdy Begenjov, Hayit Kakaev, Seitbay Kandymov, Kerimkuly Yeldashev, Khudaykuly Khalykov, Bayramkuly Khudaykulov, Mukhamet Nazarov, Batyr Sardzhaev, Annamurat Soltanov, and Tirkish Tyrmyev. It was not the first time that Turkmen officials were dismissed and arrested as a result of waves of repression that many suspected were politically motivated. What makes these arrests different is the fate of the prisoners: no one has had any contact with them since their imprisonment. In other words, they disappeared in prison.

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Posted by admin on 2017/8/18 11:44:00 (3359 reads)

A human rights group says that Akmurat Rejepov, who was Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov's longtime security chief and was arrested after the autocrat's death, died a week ago after 10 years held incommunicado in prison.

Vitaly Ponomaryov, chief of the Central Asia program at the Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center, said that Rejepov's relatives were told he died on August 10 as a result of thrombosis -- a blood clot.
Turkmen authorities delivered Rejepov's body to relatives the same day, and ceremonies traditionally conducted seven days after death were held on August 17, Ponomaryov said.

A lieutenant general known as the "gray cardinal," Rejepov was considered one of the most influential allies of Niyazov, who ruled the natural-gas rich country with an iron fist and tolerated no dissent.
Rejepov served as Niyazov's chief bodyguard starting in 1985, when Niyazov became the leader of what was then still a Soviet republic.
Former Turkmen officials say he played a major role in bringing President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to power after Niyazov's death was announced in December 2006.

But Berdymukhammedov dismissed Rejepov from the post of presidential security chief on May 15, 2007, and he was almost immediately arrested and charged with corruption.

In July 2007, Rejepov was convicted of bribery, fraud, extortion, tax evasion, and creating a criminal group, and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Officials never said publicly where he was serving his term, but he was believed to have been held in the remote Ovadan-Depe prison in the desert outside Ashgabat.

Rejepov was one of 88 people currently listed by Prove They Are Alive, a campaign urging Turkmenistan to provide information about people rights activists say have been sentenced on politically motivated charges and kept incommunicado for years.

With reporting by and

Posted by admin on 2017/6/12 9:26:00 (2805 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 (2892 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 (3021 reads)

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