Parallel OSCE Civil Society Forum in Minsk

Parallel OSCE Civil Society Forum has been successfully held in Minsk on 4 July. It took place on the eve of the 26th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The Forum was organized by Belarusian human rights NGOs together with the Civic Solidarity Platform. More than 100 people participated in the event, including representatives of Belarusian human rights NGOs, members of …

В Минске прошел форум гражданского общества ОБСЕ

В Минске 4 июля прошел Параллельный форум гражданского общества ОБСЕ, организованный белорусскими правозащитниками совместно с Платформой “Гражданская солидарность”. Форум прошел накануне 26 ежегодной сессии Парламентской Ассамблеи ОБСЕ. В Форуме приняли участие более 100 человек, в том числе представители белорусских правозащитных НПО, члены Платформы из Армении, Азербайджана, Германии, Нидерландов, Норвегии, Польши, России, Украины, Швейцарии, Швеции, другие зарубежные НПО – такие как FIDH, Frontline и Amnesty …

Appeal to the United Nations Secretary General Regarding His Visit to Turkmenistan

Appeal to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres Regarding His Visit to Turkmenistan on June 13, 2017 This letter is available in PDF here His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres United Nations Secretary General   Cc:  Mr. Zeid Ra`ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights June 8, 2017 Dear Secretary General Guterres: We, members of the international …

Обращение к Генеральному секретарю ООН в связи с его визитом в Туркменистан

Обращение к Генеральному секретарю ООН Антониу Гутерришу в связи с его визитом в Туркменистан 13 июня 2017 года Письмо доступно в PDF по ссылке Его Превосходительству г-ну Антониу Гутерришу Генеральному секретарю Организации Объединенных Наций Копия: Зейд Раад аль-Хусейн Верховный комиссар ООН по правам человека 8 июня 2017 г. Уважаемый Генеральный секретарь Гуттериш! Мы, участники международной правозащитной кампании «Покажите их живыми!», …

Turkmenistan: Time to End Enforced Disappearances

On the International Week of the Disappeared, the “Prove They Are Alive!” campaign reiterates its call to the government of Turkmenistan to shed light on the fate of dozens who have been imprisoned without any contact with the outside world for almost 15 years Every year, the International Week of the Disappeared is commemorated worldwide. This initiative, launched in 1981 by …

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, …

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 …