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 should  immediately end incommunicado detention and imprisonment.

As a matter of priority, (Turkmenistan should) inform the Commitee of the fate and whereabouts of all persons convicted and imprisoned for allegedly attempting to assassinate the former President.

The Committee’s statement cites consistent allegations of widespread torture and ill-treatment in Turkmen prisons. The body states that president Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov should issue a public statement affirming that torture will not be tolerated.