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Posted by admin on 2006/11/18 10:13:00 (970 reads)

As plans move ahead to set up a United Nations-sponsored Regional Centre of Preventive Diplomacy in Ashgabat, NBCentralAsia political commentators are questioning whether the totalitarian regime in Turkmenistan is best placed to manage conflict prevention.

In an October address to the UN General Assembly, South Korean foreign minister Ban Ki-moon, who takes over as UN Secretary-General in 2007, urged member states to set a date for opening the preventive diplomacy centre, saying it would cost little and bring immense benefits.

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Posted by admin on 2006/11/18 10:11:00 (1951 reads)

One of the main responsibilities of the deputy of Turkmenistan’s Trade Minister and Consumers’ Cooperation is searching for pretty young Turkmen girls and hiring them as waitresses though in practice the girls will have to render totally different services.

Naturally, a deputy minister does not personally run across the country in search of potential waitresses. This work is being done by his subordinates in the organizations under this Ministry.
In reality, the girls who are found and approved for waitresses positions will have to satisfy the sexual needs of high-ranking guests from Iran, Turkey, the Arab Emirates and other states.
The information used for this article was collected over a long period of time, so we will start with the history.

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Posted by admin on 2006/11/6 15:09:00 (953 reads)

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP)--Germany's foreign minister said he disagreed with Turkmenistan's autocratic leader about the country's progress on human rights and the rule of law during what he said were extensive talks Thursday.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Saparmurat Niyazov at the golden-domed presidential palace.

"Where we have differences is in the assessment of rule of law and democracy in this country," Steinmeier told reporters. "We are in fact of the opinion that the difficult path trod by the Central Asian states since independence has gone differently, but here in Turkmenistan has been traveled too slowly."

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Posted by admin on 2006/11/4 21:22:00 (882 reads)

Residents of Karadamak on the southern outskirts of Ashgabat have been protesting, albeit with little public furore, against the construction of a high-rise apartment block on top of a cemetery where their relatives are buried.

According to one resident, the situation has been developing over the last month. In a bid to stop the construction work going ahead, representatives of Karadamak’s council of elders went to see the mayor of Ashgabat, but were told that the authorities were acting legally and would press ahead with the project.

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Posted by admin on 2006/11/4 14:22:00 (928 reads)

According to the Turkmen government, the country is in the throes of a constitutional reform that will make the electoral process more democratic. But the changes are illusory and election candidates will continue to be hand-picked for their loyalty to the regime.

On October 25, the head of the country’s Central Electoral Committee, Murad Karryev, told a meeting of the Halk Maslahaty, a national-level assembly assigned more powers than the normal parliament or Majlis, that that constitutional reform was proceeding successfully, its aim being to create “popular rule” by allowing pluralist elections to local councils. Karryev said the reform emerged out of the July 23 elections to the lowest tier of council or “gengesh”, in which multiple candidates were allowed to stand for seats.

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Posted by admin on 2006/11/3 18:56:00 (1277 reads)

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Arbitrary detentions / Harassment
October 31, 2006

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkmenistan.

New information:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of constant acts of harassment against the family of Mrs. Ogulsapar Muradova, a Turkmen correspondent of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE / RL) and a former member of the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation (THF), whose death in detention was made public on September 14, 2006.

According to the information received, Mrs. Muradova’s children have been subjected to constant pressure from the authorities since September 14, 2006. For instance, police officers tried to deter them to attend their mother’s funeral, and put them under permanent and close surveillance at their home. They cannot have any external contact allowed, and their phone lines have been cut.

In view of these elements, the Observatory expresses its deepest concern regarding the safety and psychological integrity of Mrs. Muradova’s children, and urges the highest Turkmen authorities to guarantee their security and the respect of their freedoms of expression and movement, in all circumstances.

Besides, the Observatory reiterates its fear for the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Annakurban Amanklychev, an independent journalist, and Mr. Sapardurdy Khajiev, a human rights activist, both members of the THF, who were both sentenced along with Mrs. Muradova (See background information).

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/26 21:03:00 (934 reads)

A decision by the Turkmen government to make all the country’s media operate out of the same building is not so much an attempt to control broadcasters and the press – that happened long ago – as a way of making it easier to keep tabs on journalists.

On October 17, President Saparmurat Niazov formally opened the Palace of Free Creativity in the centre of Ashgabat. The ten-storey building is shaped like an open book, and will be home to some 200 journalists working for the state media.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/25 19:29:00 (977 reads)

The daughter of Turkmen political dissident Kakabay Tejenov has told RFE/RL's Turkmen Service that her father appears to have been released from forced psychiatric detention.

Olga Tejenova told RFE/RL from Moscow today that her 70-year-old father is currently in a hospital in the eastern city of Turkmenabat, formerly known as Charjew.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/24 18:55:00 (993 reads)

Hare Krishna devotee Cheper Annaniyazova was freed from the women's labour
camp in Dashoguz [Dashhowuz] in northern Turkmenistan on the morning of 19
October, as part of the country's annual prisoner amnesty, Forum 18 News
Service has learnt. She has now returned to her family in the capital
Ashgabad [Ashgabat]. "Of course we're all very pleased to have her home,"
sources close to her case told Forum 18 News Service on 21 October.
However, she remains restricted in her rights.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/20 20:27:00 (965 reads)

Although Turkmenistan’s human rights record came under scrutiny at a recent meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, NBCentralAsia political commentators say nothing will improve unless OSCE member states exert direct pressure on the country.

Turkmen opposition leaders and human rights groups discussed human rights abuses in Turkmenistan with representatives from OSCE member countries at the grouping’s annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, which ended in Warsaw last week. NBCentralAsia has been told that the session involved more people representing Turkmenistan than at previous events, and they were able to set out a clear picture of the human rights situation in their country.

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