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Posted by admin on 2008/3/21 13:28:00 (1112 reads)


Greetings from Turkmenistan 19 March 08 - At Monday’s (March 17) Human Rights Council meeting, members examined, behind closed doors, the thousands of individual complaints inherited from the former Commission. According to a confidential report, Turkmenistan, which has come under heavy criticism, has three months to respond.

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Posted by admin on 2008/2/10 0:03:00 (1073 reads)

Sixteen years after independence, thousands of Uzbeks from the border districts of Turkmenistan remain without passports.

By IWPR staff in Central Asia (RCA No. 530, 07-Feb-08)

In a border district of the Dashoguz region of northeast Turkmenistan, local people shudder with horror as they recall the time last spring when the police came to take away their families.

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Posted by admin on 2007/12/11 10:24:00 (1193 reads)

The United States has urged Turkmenistan to take more active steps to improve human rights protection and review jail sentences handed down under the nation's previous leader.

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Posted by admin on 2007/11/9 21:55:00 (971 reads)

The death of Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov (Turkmenbashi the Great or life president of Turkmenistan) on December 21, 2006, generated a great deal of forecasts in the expert community and among journalists and politically active citizens. It even generated a lot of expectations and hopes for changes in Turkmenistan itself.

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Posted by admin on 2007/10/25 12:22:00 (1255 reads)

By Aisha Berdyeva
Only a few people are aware that many laws in Turkmenistan are drafted well. Yet, every citizen of our country knows that these laws are not enforced. An «ocean of lawlessness» of the Turkmen authorities lies between what is stated in the legislative acts and the real state of affairs.

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Posted by admin on 2007/10/16 20:30:00 (1036 reads)

October 16, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- In its annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index, the media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has again given the countries of the former Soviet Union a poor report card.

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Posted by admin on 2007/10/16 14:56:00 (939 reads)

One day, riding in a taxi in the center of Ashgabat, the driver takes a detour into a small neighborhood of older, single-family brick houses. This would be unremarkable almost anywhere else in the world. But it’s noteworthy in Ashgabat, most of which has been leveled over the past fifteen years and rebuilt as a cityscape of white marble palaces surrounded by elaborate fountains and golden statues of former president Sapurmurat Niyazov. The old neighborhood is a refreshing escape from the surrounding totalitarian fantasyland.

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Posted by admin on 2007/10/9 15:36:00 (1530 reads)

Many High-Profile Political Prisoners Still Jailed

October 9, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- An amnesty for almost 9,000 prisoners took effect in Turkmenistan this week, but hopes that President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov would release some high-profile government opponents and former government officials appear to have gone unrealized.

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Posted by admin on 2007/9/25 21:58:00 (1055 reads)

The pack of TV cameras arrived at Columbia University in time for copious coverage of the campus appearance by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, but they were too late for what a National Journal blogger called “another potentially crazy world leader” on the school’s dance card on Monday.

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Posted by admin on 2007/9/17 11:44:00 (1000 reads)

By Oguljamal Yazliyeva

September 14, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- On June 18, 2006, the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation on Human Rights (THF) released a report on a "new wave of arrests of civil activists." It said Turkmen security forces had arrested human-rights activists Annagurban Amangylyjov, Yelena Ovezova, Sapardurdy Hajiyev, and RFE/RL correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova. All of them were held for allegedly possessing banned weapons.

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