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 …

FIVE MONTHS IN THE SECRET OVADAN DEPE PRISON

The following text is based on interviews with Geldy Kyarizov and his wife Yulia Serebryannik, which were recorded by Vitaly Ponomarev, head of the Central Asia Program of Human Rights Center Memorial (Russia), in 2015 in Moscow. Read the full version here (PDF). Geldy Kyarizov is one of the few former Ovadan Depe prisoners who managed to travel outside of …

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 …

Prove They Are Alive! Report

In the current September 2016 update of the report, we have updated information on the following people, based on the information from the Government of Turkmenistan, the UN Committee on Human Rights and our own information from verified sources: Annadurdy Annasahatov (died in prison in February 2016), Mamour Atayev, Orazmuhammet Atageldiyev, Rustem Djumaev, Vekil Durdyev (died in prison in August …