• Following presidential elections, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov retained unchallenged power, and Turkmenistan remains one of the world’s most repressive countries. The country is virtually closed to independent scrutiny. Media and religious freedoms are subject to draconian restrictions, and human rights defenders and other activists face the constant threat of government reprisal. The authorities continue to use imprisonment as a tool for political retaliation and to restrict peoples’ right to travel freely. Turkmenistan continues to expand relations with foreign governments and international organizations, but without meaningful outcomes for human rights.

  • Turkmenistan's President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is seen disembarking from a plane.
    President Heinz Fischer of Austria should urge President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan to address serious human rights problems in the country. Berdymukhamedov is scheduled to meet Dr. Fischer in Vienna on May 12, 2015, to discuss a range of bilateral issues.

Reports

Turkmenistan

  • Jun 9, 2015
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Central Asia trip is a key opportunity to mark UN concern at the highest level about the alarming state of human rights throughout the region and press for concrete improvements.
  • Jun 8, 2015
  • May 19, 2015
    Turkmen authorities have expanded their campaign to remove private satellite dishes from private homes in residential areas even where the satellites are not readily visible.
  • May 12, 2015
    President Heinz Fischer of Austria should urge President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan to address serious human rights problems in the country. Berdymukhamedov is scheduled to meet Dr. Fischer in Vienna on May 12, 2015, to discuss a range of bilateral issues.
  • Apr 24, 2015
    Authorities in Turkmenistan are forcing residents to dismantle privately owned satellite dishes. A move that unjustifiably interferes with the right to receive and impart information and ideas, this serves to further isolate people in Turkmenistan, one of the most closed and repressive countries in the world, from independent sources of news and information.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    Central Asia’s already poor human rights record deteriorated further in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan failed to uphold and in some cases further undermined their core human rights commitments.
  • Dec 1, 2014
  • Nov 26, 2014
    Dozens of people have been forcibly disappeared in Turkmenistan, some for more than a decade, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. The government of Turkmenistan should immediately inform the relatives of the disappeared of their fate and whereabouts and allow them access to their loved ones.
  • Aug 28, 2014
    Dozens of people have been forcibly disappeared in Turkmenistan, some for more than a decade.
  • May 19, 2014
    Turkmen authorities have barred the family of one of the country’s most prominent human rights defenders from traveling abroad, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The Turkmen government should immediately end its longstanding practice of banning government critics and their family members from foreign travel, the groups said.