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Posted by admin on 2017/11/28 8:19:00 (2455 reads)

The government of Turkmenistan has been urged to «immediately respond» to the United Nations and the family of Boris Shikhmuradov about the fate of the former foreign minister and first deputy prime minister.

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Posted by admin on 2017/9/7 8:23:00 (2943 reads)

Human Rights Watch,
Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights

Massive Housing Violations in Ashgabat Ahead of Asian Indoor Games

The government of Turkmenistan has forcibly evicted homeowners in Ashgabat and demolished their homes without adequate compensation in preparation for the Asian Indoor and Marital Arts Games, the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) and Human Rights Watch said today.

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Posted by admin on 2017/9/2 8:41:00 (2614 reads)

Take Urgent Steps to End Enforced Disappearances in Turkmenistan!

Fifteen years ago the first major wave of enforced disappearances took place in Turkmenistan. In the spring and summer of 2002 several high-level government officials, mostly from the security and defense ministries, were sentenced to prison terms between 10 and 20 years. Their names are Allamyrat Allakulyev, Gurban Annadurdyev, Gurbandurdy Begenjov, Hayit Kakaev, Seitbay Kandymov, Kerimkuly Yeldashev, Khudaykuly Khalykov, Bayramkuly Khudaykulov, Mukhamet Nazarov, Batyr Sardzhaev, Annamurat Soltanov, and Tirkish Tyrmyev. It was not the first time that Turkmen officials were dismissed and arrested as a result of waves of repression that many suspected were politically motivated. What makes these arrests different is the fate of the prisoners: no one has had any contact with them since their imprisonment. In other words, they disappeared in prison.

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Posted by admin on 2017/8/18 11:44:00 (3319 reads)

A human rights group says that Akmurat Rejepov, who was Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov's longtime security chief and was arrested after the autocrat's death, died a week ago after 10 years held incommunicado in prison.

Vitaly Ponomaryov, chief of the Central Asia program at the Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center, said that Rejepov's relatives were told he died on August 10 as a result of thrombosis -- a blood clot.
Turkmen authorities delivered Rejepov's body to relatives the same day, and ceremonies traditionally conducted seven days after death were held on August 17, Ponomaryov said.

A lieutenant general known as the "gray cardinal," Rejepov was considered one of the most influential allies of Niyazov, who ruled the natural-gas rich country with an iron fist and tolerated no dissent.
Rejepov served as Niyazov's chief bodyguard starting in 1985, when Niyazov became the leader of what was then still a Soviet republic.
Former Turkmen officials say he played a major role in bringing President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to power after Niyazov's death was announced in December 2006.

But Berdymukhammedov dismissed Rejepov from the post of presidential security chief on May 15, 2007, and he was almost immediately arrested and charged with corruption.

In July 2007, Rejepov was convicted of bribery, fraud, extortion, tax evasion, and creating a criminal group, and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Officials never said publicly where he was serving his term, but he was believed to have been held in the remote Ovadan-Depe prison in the desert outside Ashgabat.

Rejepov was one of 88 people currently listed by Prove They Are Alive, a campaign urging Turkmenistan to provide information about people rights activists say have been sentenced on politically motivated charges and kept incommunicado for years.

With reporting by and

Posted by admin on 2017/6/12 9:26:00 (2764 reads)

The “Prove They Are Alive!” campaign

His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres
United Nations Secretary General
Cc: Mr. Zeid Ra`ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dear Secretary General Guterres:

We, members of the international human rights campaign “Prove They Are Alive!”, appeal to you to use your authority when meeting with leaders of Turkmenistan, including President Berdymukhamedov, to demand that the Turkmen authorities put an immediate end to the shameful practice of enforced disappearances in the country’s prisons and immediately provide the families of the disappeared in Turkmenistan information about their loved ones, allow the disappeared to receive packages and have visits with their families and legal counsel, and provide open access to Turkmenistan’s prisons by international observers such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, including to the maximum security prison, Ovadan Depe.

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Posted by admin on 2017/6/9 12:57:00 (2855 reads)

Human Rights Watch

100-Day Countdown Puts Spotlight on Rights Abuses

Turkmenistan’s atrocious human rights record risks completely overshadowing its hosting of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games unless the leadership of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) urge the Turkmen government to address human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch and the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) said today.

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Posted by admin on 2017/5/4 13:56:00 (2979 reads)

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Posted by admin on 2017/3/2 10:26:00 (3031 reads)

Turkmenistan’s political model appears far more fragile than the record after twenty­five years of independence might lead one to believe.

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Posted by admin on 2017/3/1 10:16:00 (5945 reads)

Twenty­five years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Turkmenistan holds the title of the most authoritarian of all former Soviet states. Saparmurat Niyazov, the country’s last Soviet and first post­Soviet leader, created a political system based on repression and hydrocarbon wealth. He used the proceeds from Turkmenistan’s vast natural gas reserves to finance an internal security apparatus, an omnipresent propaganda machine, and a measure of material well­being for the population through deep subsidies for the basic necessities of life.

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Posted by admin on 2017/1/30 10:08:00 (2346 reads)

OSCE Permanent Council No 1129, Vienna, 26 January 2017

The European Union reaffirms its strong commitment to the prevention of enforced disappearances, which constitutes a serious violation of human rights that guarantee, inter alia, the right not to be subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The European Union is concerned about reports that Mr. Tirkish Tyrmyev, former Head of the State Border Service of Turkmenistan, died in prison on 13 January 2017.

Mr. Tyrmyev was one of the first victims of enforced disappearances about whom we learnt of in Turkmenistan and one of its most prominent victims. According to reports by the campaign “Prove They Are Alive!”, he had been subjected to complete isolation, torture and ill-treatment during his 15 years of imprisonment. We therefore call on the Turkmen government to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of Mr. Tyrmyev’s death and the accusations of torture in Turkmen prisons.

Reports by non-governmental organisations indicate that the case of Mr. Tuymyev is one grave example in a broader pattern. The Prove They Are Alive! campaign has documented 88 cases of enforced disappearances in Turkmenistan’s prisons from the early 2000s and is investigating over a dozen more from the same period, signalling a long-standing serious and systemic violation of international standards and commitments. In the past 13 months alone, the campaign has documented the deaths of four of those disappeared persons in the Turkmen prison system.

The European Union welcomes the fact that the Turkmen Government gave permission to diplomatic missions and representations of multilateral organisations such as the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat to visit two prisons in 2015 and 2016. We expect the announced visit to Dashoguz women’s prison in the very near future. We furthermore call on the government of Turkmenistan to also allow representatives of the ICRC to visit prisons in which the so-called disappeared persons are being held.

The European Union reiterates its strong call on Turkmenistan, also made during its 8th Human Rights dialogue with Turkmenistan on 17 May last year and at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in 2016, to immediately and effectively address and eradicate the problem of enforced disappearances. The European Union reaffirms its strong commitment to the prevention of enforced disappearances, which constitutes a serious violation of human rights that guarantee, inter alia, the right not to be subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The European Union has repeatedly urged all participating States, including Turkmenistan, to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and to take practical steps to combat enforced disappearances.

The European Union stands ready to continue dialogue with Turkmenistan, including on human rights issues.

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