Main Menu
Search
Who's Online
1 user(s) are online (1 user(s) are browsing News & Acts)

Members: 0
Guests: 1

more...
Login
Username:

Password:


Lost Password?

Register now!
Posted by admin on 2004/5/14 22:19:00 (1368 reads)

To the Ambassador of Ashkabat

Through the US Embassy in Ankara

Your Excellency,

We would like your assistance as the ambassador of a country, which protects democracy and human rights in the world.

My name is Nazar Bayhanov, who was born in 1964 and who is a national of Turkmenistan. I currently reside in Ashkabat. I would like to draw your attention to the present human rights violations in Turkmenistan, to painful realities currently experienced in prisons in Turkmenistan and to arbitrary arrests. My elder brother Akmuhammet Bayramovich Bayhanov was arrested on June 18, 2003 and although totally innocent, he was sentenced to five years in prison in line with the 120/1 article of the Turkmenistan Criminal Code at a closed trial on September 13, 2003. Akmuhammet Bayhanov is currently held at the 12th prison in the Turkmen town of Seydi in Lebap province since his transfer in February 2004. Although the detention center is not a closed prison, officials do not allow us to meet my brother Akmuhammet Bayhanov for a very long time. They said that the reason for not allowing us to visit my brother was that Akmuhammet Bayhanov was twice locked up in a cell. When he was in the cell for the second time, Akmuhammet Bayhanov was subjected to torture and as a result, his spine was damaged.

All ill treatment including torture, solitary confinement, beatings, threats and belittling acts, which my brother Akmuhammet Bayhanov is subjected to, is done at the personal orders of Turkmenistanís president Niyazov. The reason is in fact the assistance sought by the relatives of Akmuhammet Bayhanov from international human rights organizations to correct the injustices done to Akmuhammet Bayhanov. I was warned or rather threatened by officials of Turkmenistanís National Security Ministry on December 18, 2003 that if I informed the world public opinion and international organizations of the human rights violations against Akmuhammet Bayhanov, his situation would worsen. The current developments reveal that they translate into life their threats.

My younger brother Dowlet Bayhanov asked the help of all international human rights organizations through the Freedom Radio in the beginning of April. Following this, our brother Akmuhammet Bayhanov has started to be treated even worse.

I know that not only my brother Akmuhammet Bayhanov but also other prisoners at Turkmen detention centers are subjected to ill treatment and I can personally inform the pertinent international organizations of these conducts.

I urge you not to misunderstand my application to you. I only ask your help regarding my brother Akmuhammet Bayhanov, who was arrested although he was innocent and who is experiencing a grave situation in the prison. We totally believe that you will be of help in our struggle at international platforms to prove Akmuhammet Bayhanovís innocence.

Yours sincerely,

Nazar Bayhanov, telephone number : +99 312 48 89 88 / 48 89 80 Ashkabat, Turkmenistan

Dowlet Bayhanov, telephone number : +90 312 490 87 26 (home) +90 535 567 35 72 (mobile)

14 May 2004


Posted by admin on 2003/8/20 22:20:00 (1389 reads)

The Bulgaria-based branch of the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights held its first session in Sofia on Tuesday.

The branch comprises 16 people including "nine Turkmens, some of whom live in Turkmenistan. For safety reasons, we cannot disclose their names. They act under pseudonyms," Turkmen Helsinki Foundation Chairman Kadzhigul Bekmetova told the Kommersant newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.

"Our objective is to protect human rights in Turkmenistan. We will brief the world community on developments there and accumulate facts. The world should know the real picture," Bekmetova noted.

Efforts have been made to compile lists of "Turkmen political prisoners and their relatives who are being severely persecuted," she noted.

"Since Boris Shikhmuradov was thrown in jail, Turkmen authorities have ignored all queries about his health and he has been denied a meeting with his lawyer. We do not know what is happening to him," she said.

"It's time to drastically change the situation. The state of affairs in Turkmenistan is no secret to anyone. There is only one party there, no other media but the state-owned ones that misrepresent everything, and the law enforcement and judicial agencies that are the worst violators of human rights," she said.

Interfax News Agency
August 20, 2003


« 1 ... 26 27 28 (29)