Turkmenistan

Zafar Abdullayev vs. Turkmenistan

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The United Nations Human Rights Committee has found that the state of Turkmenistan has violated Article 7, Article 10(1), Article 14(7) because he was tried and sentenced twice for his refusal to do military service and Article 18(1).

7.2...The Committee takes note of the author’s claim that, upon arrival at the LBK-12 prison on 3 April 2012, he was subjected to ill-treatment by the prison guards in violation of article 7 of the Covenant. It notes that the author has provided a detailed description of the manner in which he was ill-treated while in isolation, as well as the identity of the organizer of his ill-treatment. The author claimed that he was placed in the colony’s isolation block for 10 days, was beaten, subjected to “goose stepping”, doing push-ups, running, and sitting on the floor with stretched-out legs. The Committee further notes that the author’s detailed allegations and his argumentation regarding the lack of adequate mechanisms for investigation of torture claims in Turkmenistan were not refuted by the State party. The Committee also recalls that complaints of ill-treatment must be investigated promptly and impartially by competent authorities.1 In the absence of any other pertinent information on file, the Committee decides that due weight must be given to the author’s allegations. Accordingly, it concludes that the facts as presented reveal a violation of the author’s rights under article 7 of the Covenant.

Turkmenistan: Last CO in Seydi labour camp released

Ruslan Narkuliyev, the last Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector imprisoned in Turkmenistan's Seydi labour camp was released on 17 February in part of a President's amnesty, the Turkmen government's 'Flag Day'. This follows the release of the other eight Jehovah's Witness COs who had been in Seydi labour camp up until October. Ruslan had been sentenced to two years' imprisonment in September 2014.

There remains one Jehovah's Witness conscientious, Soyunmurat Korov, who is still being detained – but in a military hospital. Jehovah's Witness in Turkmenistan told Forum 18 that he is being held against his will.

Sources: Forum 18, http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2009, 28 October 2014; WRI, December CO Update,  12 December 2014; Forum 18, TURKMENISTAN: Two amnestied prisoners, conscientious objector in hospital, beaten "Wahhabis", 19 February 2015

Ruslan Narkuliev

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 1 Oct 2014
End of detention:
  • 31 Mar 2016
Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Description:
  • Description: Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector. Imprisoned for eighteen months.

Ruslan Narkuliev

Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


Merdan Amanov

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 17 Jul 2014
End of detention:
  • 22 Oct 2014
Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Description:
  • One year in prison for refusing military service. Jehovah's Witnesses conscientious objector.

    Amnestied in a prisoner amnesty with five other conscientious objectors.

Suhrab Rahmanberdyyev

Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 19 Nov 2013
End of detention:
  • 22 Oct 2014
Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Description:
  • 18 months in prison for refusing military service. Jehovah’s Witnesses conscientious objector.

    Amnestied in a prisoner amnesty with five other conscientious objectors.

Suhrab Rahmanberdyyev

Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector
Status:
  • Declared objector


Pavel Paymov

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 10 Mar 2014
End of detention:
  • 22 Oct 2014
Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Description:
  • One year in prison for refusing military service. Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector.

    Amnestied in a prisoner amnesty with five other conscientious objectors.

Merdan Amanov

Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Activist type:
  • Conscientious objector


TURKMENISTAN: CO Pavel Paymov gets one year imprisonment

Activist:
Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Alert:

Pavel Paymov, a 23-year old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector from Ashgabad, Turkmenistan's capital, has been sentenced to one year's imprisonment at Ashgabad's Rukhabad District Court.

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