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Pandemic Compounds People’s Struggle for Affordable Food

(New York) – Government inaction in response to the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically exacerbated Turkmenistan’s pre-existing food crisis, Human Rights Watch and the Turkmenistan Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) said today.…
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Regional Leaders Should End Repressive Policies

(Berlin) – Political leaders in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan should use the window of opportunity offered by political change in their countries to improve human rights, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2018. Leaders of…
People attend the opening ceremony of the new Belarussian-built potash plant in Garlyk, Turkmenistan March 31, 2017.
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Activists, Groups Targeted, Persecuted by Authorities

(Berlin) – Central Asian governments ramped up pressure on nongovernmental groups and activists in 2015, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. The governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan arrested…
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Kerry Should Press to Free Activists, Let Independent Groups Operate

(Washington, DC) – United States Secretary of State John Kerry should publicly express concern over Central Asian governments’ distinctly poor human rights records during his Central Asia visits, beginning October 31, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today…
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Sequence Renewed Turkmenistan Ties to Support Reform

(Washington, DC) – The World Bank should urge the Turkmen government to make a commitment to governance reforms before it moves to normalize relations with Turkmenistan, Human Rights Watch and Crude Accountability said today. The bank’s board of directors…
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Impact on Rights Hampered by Lack of Clear Expectations, Policy Consequences

(Brussels) – The European Union’s (EU) effectiveness to promote rights improvements in Central Asia is hampered by its reticence to articulate clear expectations for reform and follow through with policy consequences when those expectations are not met,…
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New Strategy Makes Clear Enhanced Relations Depend on Progress in Human Rights

(New York) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has made clear that Turkmenistan's government needs to improve its poor human rights record before it can expect normalized relations, Human Rights Watch said today.  The bank's new…
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EU Should Press for More Releases, Reviews of Past Convictions

(New York) - A Turkmen political prisoner, Mukhametkuli Aymuradov, was freed on May 2, 2009 after serving 14 years in prison on trumped-up charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has sent a letter urging José Manuel Barroso, the…
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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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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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Authorities Must Permit Independent Forensic Examination

Turkmen authorities must investigate the suspicious death in custody this week of an independent journalist and human rights defender, and ensure the safety of her children, Human Rights Watch said today. Ogulsapar Muradova, 58, was a journalist for Radio…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Human Rights Watch 2004 Submission to the EBRD

Summary Turkmenistan is one of the most repressive countries in the world. The government systematically violates virtually all civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights. Little has changed in Turkmenistan’s human rights record since the…