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.
This sentence is a violation of Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which guarantees the right to conscientious objection. Turkmenistan is a party to the ICCPR. As such, it is bound by the standards set out in the Covenant.
After Turkmenistan's most recent Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in April this year, the Turkmen delegation promised to respond to the Human Rights Council by September 2013 on many UPR recommendations submitted by other governments, including one to "protect the rights of conscientious objectors". This opportunity for reform needs to be taken.
What you can do
War Resisters' International calls for protest letters to the Turkmen authorities, and Turkmen embassies abroad, either by fax, email or letter.
A protest email can be sent at /node/22984
Please also write to:
President of Turkmenistan
Fax: +993 12 355112
You can find a list of embassies abroad here.
War Resisters' International calls for Pavel Paymov to be immediately released, along with all other conscientious objectors imprisoned in Turkmenistan.
War Resisters' International