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Regarding the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

December 9, 2016
 Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah
 Olympic Council of Asia and,
 Association of National Olympic Committees 
 P.O. Box 6706, 32042, Hawalli, Kuwait
 Subject: 2017 Asian…

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…
Summary Climate change is here with us. We cannot stop it. The only way is to see how to work around it. -- Peter Ekai Lokoel, Deputy Governor Turkana, September 2014 Over the past century, the average annual temperature on earth has increased, the…

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…

Decision Ignores Gibe III Dam’s Impact on Indigenous Peoples, Environmental Concerns

(Washington, DC) – The World Bank undermined the rights of indigenous peoples and the environment with its approval on July 12, 2012, of a US$684 million loan, Human Rights Watch, Friends of Lake Turkana, International Rivers, Survival International, and…
"The soldiers would say, 'Tell me about this sugarcane.' If we do not say something good, they beat us. They have truncheons, guns, and stun devices. They come every day." These are the words of a Mursi man, an indigenous pastoralist in southern Ethiopia…

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…

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…

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…

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…