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Posted by admin on 2014/4/26 19:44:22 (2249 reads)

Urgent Action

A Turkmen citizen of Baloch origin faces imminent transfer to Ovadan-Depe prison in Turkmenistan. During his previous time at the prison he was regularly beaten.

Mansur Mingelov, 39, is serving 22 year sentence in LBK/11 prison in Seidi, Lebap province in north-eastern Turkmenistan. Mansur Mingelov was first arrested in connection to a criminal case involving his brother on 6 June 2012, a day after his brother was arrested. On 6 June Mansur Mingelov was allegedly beaten by officers of the State Service for Security Protection of Healthy Society of Turkmenistan (former State Drug Control Service). He also witnessed his brother being beaten by security services during interrogation. They were both sentenced after an unfair trial on 10 September 2012 on charges of involving minors in socially inappropriate actions, production and distribution of pornography, contraband, production or distribution of drugs under articles 156,164, 254 and 292 of the Criminal Code of Turkmenistan.

According to a confidential source, Mansur Mingelov denies all charges and maintains his innocence. He reports that he only saw his state-appointed lawyer twice, once when they first met and then during the trial itself. During the investigation and trial he was not allowed to call his relatives nor change his lawyer. After his arrest, Mansur Mingelov was forcibly moved to a regional drug rehabilitation centre and kept there for 15 days, and released on 22 June 2012. He then lodged complaints about his brother’s torture and ill-treatment with the Prosecutor General’s Office and the President of Turkmenistan. Two police officers were subsequently dismissed. From 25 June and up until 2 August 2012, when Mansur Mingelov was arrested again, he collected evidence of torture and ill-treatment from other individuals, most of whom were of Baloch origin living in Mary province, south-east Turkmenistan.

The terms of Mansur Mingelov’s sentence stipulate that he serves one year in a high security prison. He served this in the high security prison Ovadan-Depe, and was transferred on 6 August 2013 to a prison in Seidi. He was reportedly subjected to regular beatings in Ovadan-Depe prison. On 11 April prison guards informed Mansur Mingelov to be prepared for another transfer to Ovadan-Depe prison, which was not part of the original sentence.

Please write immediately in Turkmen, Russian, English or your own language:

— Urging the authorities not to transfer Mansur Mingelov to Ovadan-Depe prison;

— Calling on the authorities to instigate a prompt retrial of Mansur Mingelov in line with international fair trial standards, including allowing him access to a lawyer of his choice;

— Urging the authorities to initiate a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into all allegations of torture and that any State Drug Control Service officers found responsible for torture and/or ill-treatment are brought to justice;

— Calling on the authorities to respect their obligations under international human rights law, including under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to ensure that no persons is subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Please send appeals before 4 May 2014 to:

Prosecutor General Yaranmyrat Yazmyradov
Ul. 2005 (Seidi) 4, 744000 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Salutation: Prosecutor General

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov
Presidential Palace, 744000 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Fax: +993 12 93 5112 (please keep trying between 10-1500 GMT)
Salutation: Dear President

And copies to:

Minister of Interior Isgender Mulikov
Ul. 2033 (pr. Mahtumkuli) 85, 744000 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Fax: +993 12 39 1944 (please keep trying between 10 — 1500 GMT)

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

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Posted by admin on 2014/3/14 11:09:00 (2217 reads)

Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance

This year’s “Enemies of the Internet” report, which Reporters Without Borders publishes every year on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship (12 March), spotlights the government units and agencies that implement online censorship and surveillance.

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Posted by admin on 2014/2/10 14:37:00 (2215 reads)

Turkmenistan has been called an isolationist state and a "hermit kingdom" for many reasons, but one reason is surely the difficulty of getting objective information from the country.

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Posted by admin on 2014/1/30 10:58:00 (2240 reads)

Amnesty International: URGENT ACTION - FORMER PRISONER DENIED URGENT MEDICAL CARE

Geldy Kyarizov, who was previously imprisoned after falling out of favour with the Turkmenistani authorities remains in very poor health. He is in need of urgent specialist medical care, but he and his family are being kept under constant surveillance by the security forces in Turkmenistan and have been denied permission to travel.
Geldy Kyarizov, a horse breeder and former director of state-run Association Turkmen Atlary (“Turkmen Horses”) is in urgent need of medical treatment. On 22 January along with his wife, 12-year old daughter and his sister-in-law, Geldy Kyarizov travelled to seek medical treatment from an orthopaedic doctor. According to credible reports, the family were followed by 10 Ministry of National Security cars, which surrounded them and forced them to stop.

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Posted by admin on 2013/12/12 9:51:00 (2251 reads)

Amnesty International

Turkmenistan’s authorities have simply paid lip service to reform in a bid to appease the international community said Amnesty International in the run up to parliamentary elections this weekend (15 December).

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Posted by admin on 2013/12/7 6:22:00 (2325 reads)

CALLS FOR RELEASE

Washington D.C.: In response to a petition filed by Freedom Now, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (Working Group) issued an opinion finding the detention of political activist Gulgeldy Annaniyazov by the Government of Turkmenistan a violation of international law. The Working Group—an independent panel of five human rights experts from around the world—calls for Mr. Annaniyazov’s release.

Mr. Annaniyazov is a Turkmen human rights activist and political dissident. After organizing a nonviolent anti-government demonstration in Turkmenistan in 1995, he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison. The government released Mr. Annaniyazov five years later as part of an amnesty, and he fled with his family to Norway.

On June 24, 2008, Mr. Annaniyazov traveled from Norway, where he had been living in asylum with his family, back to his native Turkmenistan. Later that day, plain-clothed officers arrested him at his parents’ home in Ashgabat. Approximately three months later, a court sentenced Mr. Annaniyazov to 11 years in prison. The trial was closed and the court’s verdict was not made available to Mr. Annaniyazov’s family. Since that time, no one—not even his family—has seen or heard from him.

In its opinion, the Working Group held that Mr. Annaniyazov’s detention is arbitrary because it violated his fundamental right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Further, the Working Group noted that the government failed to address serious procedural deficiencies in the prosecution of Mr. Annaniyazov. In addition to affirming Mr. Annaniyazov’s right to release, the Working Group stated that he should be compensated and referred his case to the Special Rapporteur on Torture and the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances.

“We welcome the Working Group’s opinion,” said Maran Turner, Executive Director of Freedom Now. “As we approach International Human Rights Day on December 10, we call on the Turkmen Government to comply with the Working Group’s opinion and release Mr. Annaniyazov immediately. His peaceful work as a political activist is clearly protected under international law and the Turkmen government must allow him to be reunited with his family.”

Freedom Now serves as international pro bono legal counsel to Mr. Annaniyazov


Posted by admin on 2013/10/31 10:17:00 (2306 reads)

International Campaign to Protect Those Disappeared In Turkmen Prisons

The Turkmenistan Civic Solidarity Group announces the beginning of our international campaign, “Prove They Are Alive!”

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Posted by admin on 2013/9/24 11:28:00 (2390 reads)

Amnesty International

Public Statement

Continued clamp down on freedom of expression, association and assembly, arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearance, and still no access for international monitors.


Amnesty International welcomes Turkmenistan’s acceptance of recommendations to guarantee freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. as well improvements to national legislation, including the 2012 law on political parties and the 2013 law on media freedom.

However, there has been no genuine attempt to guarantee these rights in practice. Journalists, human rights defenders and other activists continue to be subjected to harassment, arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, and imprisonment after unfair trials. Turkmenistan has also failed to reform the registration process for non-governmental organizations and to allow them to work freely without harassment.

Two states called on Turkmenistan to provide information on the whereabouts of prisoners whose fate is unknown. The organization is deeply disappointed, however, that Turkmenistan rejected these recommendations. Relatives of the disappeared have told Amnesty International that they have had no news of their relatives for over ten years, and do not know if they are dead or alive.

Amnesty International welcomes Turkmenistan’s acceptance of recommendations to investigate torture and to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and notes the inclusion of a definition of torture in the Criminal Code in August 2012. However, the organization continues to receive reports that people suspected of criminal offences face torture and other ill-treatment in Turkmenistan. Complaints by victims are rarely if ever investigated, and impunity for the perpetrators prevails. There are also credible reports that practices, such as forced administration of medication, continue in prisons. Amnesty International calls on the authorities to carry out thorough, independent and impartial investigations into all complaints of torture or other ill-treatment and to hold those responsible to account.

Finally, while Amnesty International welcomes Turkmenistan’s acceptance of recommendations to cooperate with the UN Special Procedure, it is concerned that Turkmenistan severely restricts access to the country for international monitors. Amnesty International has requested access to the country several times; so far unsuccessfully.

Background

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Turkmenistan on 18 September 2013 during its 24th session. Prior to the adoption of the review outcome, Amnesty International delivered the oral statement above.

www.amnesty.org


Posted by admin on 2013/8/14 7:55:00 (2551 reads)

STATEMENT OF THE COALITION TO PROTECT
THE RIGHTS OF LABOUR MIGRANTS IN RUSSIA
August 13, 2013 London - Paris,
We the undersigned, representing the civil society of Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, express our deep concern over the recent actions of the Russian authorities towards migrant workers from Central Asia.

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Posted by admin on 2013/7/28 17:51:06 (2347 reads)

part of Public Document

Failure to protect against return to torture or other ill-treatment collaboration and collusion between authorities in CIS countries

Turkmenistan

According to the authorities, opposition supporters carried out an assassination attempt on then-President Saparmurad Niyazov in November 2002 in the capital Ashgabat. Dozens of people were subjected to enforced disappearance. At least 59 people were convicted in unfair trials between December 2002 and January 2003, including Boris Shikhmuradov, Foreign Minister from 1995 until 2000, who was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment in a closed trial on 29 December 2002. The People’s Council (Khalk Maslakhaty) reportedly increased his sentence to life imprisonment the next day. Reportedly, many of those accused of involvement in the alleged assassination attempt were tortured and put under psychological pressure to confess and incriminate others. Boris Shikhmuradov’s televised ‘confession’ was broadcast on 29 December 2002 and there were reports that the text of the confession was dictated to him. Despite repeated requests for information, Boris Shikhmuradov’s family have still received no news about his current whereabouts.

Amnesty International


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