On Forced Disappearances in Turkmenistan and the Case of Boris Shikhmuradov

Statement by Prove They Are Alive! Campaign “Prove They Are Alive!” campaign expresses its strong disappointment and regret at the failure of the government of Turkmenistan to provide a substantive reply to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on its decision on the case of Boris Shikhmuradov within the period established by the Committee. We urge the Turkmen government to …

Government of Turkmenistan Allows Family Members of Horse Breeder Geldy Kyarizov to Leave Turkmenistan

  Contact Information: Vitaly Ponamarev TEL: +3725-439-9959 (Russian)                                     Kate Watters TEL: +1-571-332-5895 (English, Russian)   Government of Turkmenistan Allows Family Members of Horse Breeder Geldy Kyarizov to Leave Turkmenistan   September 21, 2015, Warsaw, Poland On the evening of September 20, 2015, Sofia Kyarizov and Elena Serebryannik, the fourteen year old daughter and sister-in-law, respectively, of the well-known Turkmen …

Joint Letter to the European Commission regarding the removal of satellite dishes in Turkmenistan

On 14 July 2015, members of Prove! and other organizations sent a joint letter to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, asking her to urge the Turkmen government to immediately halt its campaign to dismantle privately-owned satellite dishes. Removal of private satellite dishes effectively denies Turkmen citizens any access …

Central Asia: UN Leader, on Visit, Should Press Rights Issues

Originally from: http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/06/09/central-asia-un-leader-visit-should-press-rights-issues-2 Ban Ki-moon Needs to Address Abuses, Seek Reform Pledges JUNE 9, 2015 (New York) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Central Asia trip is a key opportunity to mark UN concern at the highest level about the alarming state of human rights throughout the region and press for concrete improvements, Human Rights Watch said today. In a briefing …

Prove! calls on the European Parliament to make human rights a condition for partnership with Turkmenistan

On May 6, Prove They Are Alive! member Yuri Dzhibladze, of the Moscow based Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, called upon the European Parliament to delay its consent to a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with Turkmenistan until the country makes real and measurable progress in the sphere of human rights. Speaking at the Subcommittee on …

HRW: Austrian President Should Urge an End to Enforced Disappearances

Turkmenistan: Turkmen President Visits Austria Austrian President Should Urge an End to Enforced Disappearances MAY 12, 2015 (Berlin) – President Heinz Fischer of Austria should urge President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan to address serious human rights problems in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Berdymukhamedov is scheduled to meet Dr. Fischer in Vienna on May 12, 2015, to discuss a range of …