Statement by Switzerland: Death of Mr. Tirkish Tyrmyev in custody in Turkmenistan

        1129th Meeting of the Permanent Council, 26 January 2017 Current Issue: Death of Mr. Tirkish Tyrmyev in custody in Turkmenistan Statement by Switzerland Mr. Chairman, This statement is delivered on behalf of Canada, Iceland and Switzerland. Our countries are concerned about reports of the death of the former head of the State Border Service of Turkmenistan, …

EU statement on enforced disappearances in Turkmenistan

EUROPEAN UNION OSCE Permanent Council No 1129 Vienna, 26 January 2017 EU statement on enforced disappearances in Turkmenistan 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 …

Open Letter: Civil Society Request to Vote against The CMI Offshore Project in Turkmenistan

To: Board of Directors European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Dear Board of Directors: We are writing to express our grave concerns about the CMI Offshore Project in Turkmenistan, currently pending final review and awaiting a Board decision, and urge the Board of Directors to vote against this project. We believe this project is wrongly categorized as ‘B’ as it …

The State of Political Prisoners in Turkmenistan Demands Immediate Action by the International Community

The Prove They Are Alive! Campaign’s Statement on Tirkish Tyrmyev’s Death in Prison The international campaign,  Prove They Are Alive!, expresses its deep concern about the death in prison of the former head of the State Border Service of Turkmenistan, Major General Tirkish Tyrmyev, a victim of the political purges during the presidency of Niyazov when he was imprisoned.  On …

U.N. Committee against Torture: Turkmenistan should put an end to enforced disappearances

In December 2016, The Committee against Torture adopted the concluding observations on the second periodic report in Turkmenistan.  The document can be found here (PDF). The body called on President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to make “a public statement affirming unambiguously that torture will not be tolerated”, adding that nobody had been prosecuted for torture, despite widely publicized cases. It also states that Turkmenistan …

The Diplomat Magazine: Reports Indicate That People Are Tortured

This article is published in The Diplomat Magazine.  It highlights a number of independent reports that contradict the official position of the Turkmen government on tortures in the country. Two of the Prove They Are Alive reports are quoted in the article.  Original article is posted here. Medieval Torture in Turkmenistan By Cholpon Orozobekova November 22, 2016 The UN Committee Against …

Anti-Semitism, Informational Terror in Turkmenistan Call for International Concerns

Vienna – The Turkmenistan Civic Solidarity Group, acting as part of the Civic Solidarity Platform, delivered a statement at the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on freedom of expression and freedom of the media. In the statement, activists raise strongest concerns over the recent attempts of the Turkmenistan government to curb freedom of expression and access to information in the …