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Posted by admin on 2006/12/4 23:39:00 (939 reads)

Although the Turkmen government insists that protecting children is a priority, NBCentralAsia analysts say their basic rights are ignored and child labour is actively encouraged.

At a November 28 round-table meeting held to mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Turkmen officials said “the conditions are in place for our youngest citizens to have a full and happy life and to develop in harmony”.

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Posted by admin on 2006/11/25 8:14:00 (929 reads)

Every time Turkmenistan’s agricultural sector suffers some upset, officials get sacked. As NBCentralAsia commentators point out, these purges may serve the purpose of retribution, but they do little to improve matters on the ground.

The country’s official news agency reports that a special cabinet meeting chaired by President Saparmurat Niazov on November 24 is expected to discuss serious failings that were revealed when checks were carried out on the progress of the grain harvest.

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Posted by admin on 2006/11/22 21:56:00 (891 reads)

The authorities in Turkmenistan say the process of nominating multiple candidates for local elections has been completed successfully, and that campaigning is attracting a lot of public interest. NBCentralAsia commentators say that in reality, voters know little about either the forthcoming ballot or the candidates themselves, who have been handpicked for their loyalty to the regime.

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Posted by admin on 2006/11/18 10:13:00 (985 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 2006/11/3 18:56:00 (1310 reads)

New information
TKM 001 / 0806 / OBS 103.2
Arbitrary detentions / Harassment
Turkmenistan
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 2006/10/17 11:25:00 (886 reads)

PRAGUE, October 16, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- RFE/RL sponsored a roundtable on Turkmenistan on the sidelines of the OSCE's annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in early October. The OSCE event is touted as Europe's largest human rights conference, bringing together representatives from government, civil society, and international organization. Some of the leading authorities on Turkmenistan were in Warsaw, although local NGO representatives were reportedly prevented from leaving Turkmenistan to attend an event where criticism of President Saparmurat Niyazov and his administration was bound to figure prominently.

Many participants in the RFE/RL roundtable conceded that Turkmenistan's geostrategic importance has swelled along with its reputation for rights violations.

Critics complain that Turkmenistan retains some of the worst traits of the Soviet Union -- a heavy security-service presence, and a huge propaganda machine devoted to supporting the government and vilifying enemies.

Akhmukhammet Velsapar is a journalist who has long covered events in Turkmenistan. He said the roots of Central Asia's sorriest administration can be found in Turkmenistan's days as a Soviet republic:

"All that there is in Turkmenistan today, the worst situation if we compare all the former Soviet republics, has developed in Turkmenistan. And this didn't just happen in one day," Velsapar said. "This was all going on for many years, and the roots of many current problems go back to the days of the Soviet Union."

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/5 10:46:00 (936 reads)

(Brussels, October 4, 2006) – The European Parliament yesterday took a principled stand against grossly abusive governments by voting against a trade agreement with Turkmenistan, Human Rights Watch said.

The parliament’s International Trade Committee voted to stop further consideration of an interim trade agreement with Turkmenistan until its government significantly improved its human rights record.

“This is a landmark decision against tyranny,” said Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Today’s vote signals that the EU will not allow grossly abusive governments to profit from EU engagement.”

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Posted by admin on 2006/9/26 11:43:00 (1116 reads)

All progressive organizations, defenders of women's rights, protectors of human rights, freedom seekers and progressive individuals!!!

Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights is carries petition in protection of turkmen journalists, active workers of a civil society, human right activists, oppositionists and heterodoxies. All who condemns vicious practice of the Turkmen authorities regularly pursuing heterodoxy in its any display can leave the signature under the petition:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/tm4t2006/petition.html

Tadzhigul Begmedova,
Chair of Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
September 26, 2006


Posted by admin on 2006/9/22 13:04:00 (1007 reads)

Reporters Without Borders: Appeal for support for Muradova’s family now under threat from government

Reporters Without Borders said today it was extremely alarmed by the threats hanging over the relatives of Radio Free Europe correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova who died under torture in a Turkmen prison earlier this month and the two others journalists and human rights activists imprisoned with her, Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khajiyev.

This case must not be forgotten, as it would just make matters easier for the Turkmen authorities, the press freedom organisation said. We fear that Muradova’s children could suffer the same fate as she did, or could be deported to a location that is unknown to anyone but the police. We call on the international community to put pressure on the Turkmen government.

According to information received by Reporters Without Borders, President Nyazov has ordered that the families of all three journalists should be transferred to an unknown location by mid-October.

Muradova’s three children are currently cut off from the outside world, as both their fixed-line and mobile telephones and those of their friends have been disconnected. Their home is under active surveillance by the security services and it is virtually impossible for them to move about. They have been fired from their jobs and have no funds.

Muradova, Amanklychev and Khajiyev were arrested between 16 and 18 June for helping a French TV production company journalist, and were sentenced at a summary trial on 25 August to prison terms ranging from 6 to 7 years on trumped-up charges of illegal possession of ammunition. Muradova, 58, died as a result of beatings she received while in prison.

Zuzana Loubet del Bayle
Secrétariat international de Reporters sans frontières
5, rue Geoffroy Marie
75009 Paris
Bureau Europe/ Europe Desk
Tél. 00 33 (0)1 44 83 84 65
europe2@rsf.org

Reporters Without Borders
September 21, 2006


Posted by admin on 2006/9/17 17:43:26 (1053 reads)

Europe and Central Asia: Summary of Amnesty International's Concerns in the Region: January – June 2006
Turkmenistan excerpt

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