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Posted by admin on 2019/7/15 16:16:00 (2117 reads)

This publication shines a spotlight on Turkmenistan, a country in the middle of a sustained economic crisis that has seen hyper-inflation in the lives of ordinary people and widespread food shortages, all despite its vast gas reserves. This economic crisis has in turn led to the regime's repression of its people becoming ever tighter and its personality cult becoming ever more grandiose.

The publication documents Turkmenistan’s ‘Potemkin economy’, with marble facades, respectable official GDP figures and tightly regulated state shops that mask huge structural challenges and a chaotic black economy. It also details Turkmenistan’s massive human rights abuses that have seen it ranked as the worst in the world by Reporters without Borders and many other global freedom rankings. In particular, the publication draws attention to the massive use of forced labour, ‘disappeared’ activists in the prison system and restrictions on independent journalists and human rights activists.

A key part of the publication’s conclusions and recommendations argues that the current economic turmoil creates new opportunities for leverage on human rights by the international community. It also makes the case that pressure should be placed on Turkmenistan to abide by its UN and international investment treaties, and to allow greater access to UN Special Rapporteurs and international NGOs to help ease the humanitarian elements of the current crisis.

Posted by admin on 2019/4/20 8:26:00 (2428 reads)

The international human rights organization “Reporters Without Borders” has published an annual World Press Freedom Index.

In the 2019 ranking Turkmenistan is ahead of North Korea ranking 180th at the bottom of the rating.

“This disgraceful performance is the outcome of several years of increasingly ruthless repression in which the authorities have relentlessly persecuted journalists working clandestinely as the correspondents of Turkmen exiled media”, the report runs.

In 2018 Turkmenistan ranked 178th.

The neighbours in Central Asia region ranks as follows:

Uzbekistan, where the last journalists imprisoned under dictatorship of Islam Karimov, had been released, improved the ranking from 165 to 160;

Kazakhstan dropped one position down ranking 158th. According to researchers, the uncertainty, surrounding succession of power, made the regime even more paranoiac and asserted the intention to keep the tight grip;

Kyrgyzstan has significantly improved its positions leaping from the 98th to the 83rd place after the former and the incumbent heads of the state withdrew their legal lawsuits against critical journalists;

Tajikistan considerably exacerbated its performance by dropping down from the 149th to the 161st place. Most of its independent media have been forced to close or to relocate abroad.

Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework, transparency and quality of infrastructure, which allows news outlets to operate.

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Posted by admin on 2019/3/28 9:28:00 (2220 reads)

New York, March 25, 2019 -- Turkmenistan authorities should allow freelance reporter Soltan Achilova to freely travel outside the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

On March 11, Achilova, an Ashgabat-based journalist who contributes to independent news website Khronika Turkmenistana (The Chronicles of Turkmenistan), was barred from boarding an international flight, according to media reports and Farid Tukhbatullin, editor-in-chief of Khronika Turkmenistana, who spoke with CPJ.

An immigration officer told Achilova that she could not leave the country, but did not provide any explanation or documentation, Tukhbatullin said. According to CPJ reporting, Achilova has previously been detained by police, physically assaulted, and threatened over her journalism.

"Authorities in Turkmenistan should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on veteran independent journalist Soltan Achilova and allow her to travel internationally," said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said. "Systematic harassment of Achilova and a handful of other journalists must be stopped as they do the important job of reporting from one of the most closed-off countries of the world."

Achilova was planning to attend a seminar in Tbilisi, Georgia, on a flight routed through Istanbul when she was stopped at passport control in Ashgabat International Airport, Tukhbatullin said.

CPJ's calls to the Turkmenistan Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor General's Office, which are among the government agencies that can impose a travel ban on a citizen, were not answered.

Khronika Turkmenistana, which is based in Vienna, and Achilova's former employer, the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Turkmen-language Service, are among the few critical Turkmenistan-focused media outlets, Tukhbatullin told CPJ.

The government tightly controls the internet through the only state provider, and has blocked critical websites, social media, and messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Signal, according to CPJ reporting.

Posted by admin on 2019/1/27 8:22:00 (2373 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 (2802 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 (2614 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 (2621 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 (2594 reads)

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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 (2758 reads)

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Posted by admin on 2018/6/30 18:20:00 (2923 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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