Turkmenistan

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.

You can send a protest email here.

Background information

Release conscientious objector Pavel Paymov

Activist:
Country:
  • Turkmenistan
Not sent after:
  • 11 Apr 2014
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Rashid Meredov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many protest emails have been sent out for this particular case).

Release conscientious objector Pavel Paymov

Dear Minister Rashid Meredov,

I am very concerned about the recent imprisonment of conscientious objector Pavel Paymov. On 26 February he was sentenced to one year in prison.

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