The international nongovernmental organizations Crude Accountability (USA), the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights (Russia), the human rights organization Freedom Files (Russia) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee created the Turkmenistan Civic Solidarity Group in spring 2013 with the goal of promoting work to defend human rights in Turkmenistan. The Group was created as part of and with the support of the international human rights coalition, Civic Solidarity Platform.3 The Group launched the “Prove They Are Alive Campaign!” in September 2013. The campaign team was joined by leading human rights NGOs Human Rights Center Memorial and Human Rights Watch. Our campaign partners include independent experts and civil society activists of Turkmenistan.
Within the campaign, we work with intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe and the European Union, as well as with governments and parliaments of various countries. We work with broad international civil society in order to influence public opinion about the unacceptability of, and to categorically reject, disappearance in prisons, which is a characteristic feature of regimes such as Turkmenistan.