Review of Turkmenistan
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 05:23

On the morning of 9 December, the Working Group on the universal periodic review examined the situation of human rights in Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan was represented by Dr Shirin Akhmedova, Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Democracy Under the President of Turkmenistan. Questions and recommendations focused on the following themes:


  • States encouraged the State to further cooperate with international bodies. In particular, they recommended the strengthening of compliance with ratified human rights treaties and the issuance of standing invitations to United Nations special procedures
  •  Many countries expressed grave concern about alleged ill-treatment of detainees, arbitrary detention, and torture. States urged Turkmenistan to release arbitrarily detained human rights defenders, review unjust past trials, and repeal confessions made under coercion
  • Various delegations voiced concern about the reported restrictions on freedom of religion and belief, and articulated numerous recommendations pressing Turkmenistan to ensure that its citizens can worship and live freely as members of religious groups, regardless denomination
  • Several delegations expressed concern about the way in which Turkmenistan controls the media and infringes upon the right to freedom of expression. In this context, Turkmenistan was asked to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of journalists, release detained reporters, and implement the rights contained in the two Covenants.

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