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UPR adoption of Turkmenistan

For the first time ever, Turkmenistan has accepted many of the recommendations made by almost 20 states during its Universal Periodic Review, including those related to enforced disappearances, a persistent and grave violation in the country.  Human…
A screen showing a portrait of Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov inside the terminal of the newly built airport in Ashgabat
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Credible reports of the arrest, torture, conviction following unfair trials, and imprisonment under inhumane conditions of 18 men in Turkmenistan have been provided to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The sentences, from 12 to 25 years, were…
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We write in advance of the Committee’s review of Turkmenistan to highlight some areas of concern regarding Turkmenistan’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (hereafter “The Covenant”). We hope our submission will…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Universal Periodic Review report on Turkmenistan and hopes that it will be used to bring about real improvement in one of the most closed, repressive countries in the world. Much depends on whether the government will take…
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Placing Human Rights at the Heart of EU Action

It is five years since the EU adopted its Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia. As EU foreign ministers prepare to take stock of progress so far, we, the undersigned civil society organizations, would like to suggest ways to improve the…
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I request that this letter be given to the General Prosecutor of Turkmenistan, the Embassy of the Russian Federation of Turkmenistan and the representative of the OSCE in the instance of my arrest, disappearance or unfortunate circumstance. A. Zatoka…
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Foreign diplomacy and business should be accompanied by improvements in the civil sector.

On September 24 2007, Turkmenistan's president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, gave a speech at Columbia University in New York City. During a round of questions after his speech, he was asked why foreign non-governmental organisations are not allowed access…
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Submitted in advance of the June 3, 2009 EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue

Human Rights Watch welcomes the EU consultations process with civil society convened by the Czech Presidency in advance of the June 3, 2009 EU-Turkmenistan human rights dialogue. We hope that EU representatives will use the valuable opportunity the…
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Submitted in Advance of EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Consultations

Human Rights Watch welcomes the EU consultations process with civil society convened by the Czech Presidency in advance of the June 3, 2009 EU-Turkmenistan human rights dialogue. We hope that EU representatives will use the valuable opportunity the…
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July 2008

This submission summarizes Human Rights Watch’s key concerns regarding Turkmenistan’s compliance with its international obligations in the context of three areas that have been the focus of Human Rights Watch’s work on the country in recent years—…
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August 2008

The death in December 2006 of Turkmenistan’s authoritarian ruler, president-for-life Saparmurad Niazov led to unprecedented interest in this gas-rich Central Asian country from the European Union, Unites States and international organizations. The…
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Introduction This submission summarizes Human Rights Watch's key concerns regarding Turkmenistan's compliance with its international obligations in the context of three areas that have been the focus of Human Rights Watch's work on the country in recent…
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Submitted in advance of the June 24, 2008 EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue

Human Rights Watch welcomes the EU consultations process with civil society convened by the Slovenian Presidency in advance of the June 24, 2008 EU-Turkmenistan human rights dialogue. We consider it a valuable opportunity for highlighting and addressing…
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The death on December 21 of Turkmenistan’s president-for-life Saparmurad Niazov offers the Turkmen government a chance to reverse years of repression and start a new chapter for human rights in this gas-rich Central Asian country. Niazov’s 21-year rule…
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Testimony to U.S. House of Representatives

Thank you Mr. Chairman for inviting me to testify. This year's State Department human rights reports live up to the tradition of candid and comprehensive reporting the Department has established over the years. The reports fairly describe human rights…
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Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

In its annual resolution on torture, the Commission on Human Rights should reaffirm the absolute obligation of states not to return (“refouler”) a person to a country where he or she is at risk of being subjected to torture or other cruel or inhuman…