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Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan er det mest lukkede landet i Sentral-Asia, og er ikke tilgjengelig for internasjonale menneskerettighetsorganisasjoner. Helsingforskomiteen har engasjert seg bredt i arbeidet for å løfte frem situasjonen i Turkmenistan internasjonalt, både gjennom skyggerapporter til FNs Torturkomite og ved å arrangere rundebordsdiskusjoner med turkmenske aktivister i eksil. Vi har også engasjert oss i situasjonen for den politiske fangen Gulgeldy Annaniyazov, som har asyl i Norge men som sitter fengslet i Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan ledes av president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, som har bygget opp en betydelig personkult rundt seg selv. Så godt som alle grunnleggende menneskerettigheter brytes systematisk under hans ledelse.

Skuggen bak gullstatuen

Turkmenistan:

Skuggen bak gullstatuen

Søndag avviklar Turkmenistan det som i mange andre land kallast parlamentsval, i Norge Stortingsval. Det vil seie – det blir kalla parlamentsval i Turkmenistan óg, det er stemmelokale med alt riktig tilbehør over heile landet og det kjem eit resultat etter ei oppteljing av stemmesedlar, men det er ikkje eit val.

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Prove They Are Alive!

Turkmenistan:

Prove They Are Alive!

NHC joins campaign to demand information about disappeared prisoners in Turkmenistan

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NHC encourages Jennifer Lopez to donate fee from birthday concert for Turkmenistan President to a worthy charity

Turkmenistan:

NHC encourages Jennifer Lopez to donate fee from birthday concert for Turkmenistan President to a worthy charity

On 29 June, Jennifer Lopez and other artists performed at a birthday concert for President Berdymuhammedov, Turkmenistan's authoritarian ruler.
- Turkmenistan is one of the worst human rights performers in the world, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsiniki Committee Bjørn Engesland. Such an appearance in Turkmenistan not only legitimises a corrupt and authoritarian regime, but also reflects badly on any artist's aspirations to draw attention to human rights issues. In an open letter to Ms Lopez, the NHC and several other international NGOs encourage her to donate the fee she received to a charity working to improve the dismal human rights situation in the country.

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Dismal situation for women in Turkmenistan

New NHC report:

Dismal situation for women in Turkmenistan

The report "Women: Turkmenistan’s Second-Class Citizens” gives a unique look into the everyday life of women in Turkmenistan.

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Small Grants Fund Central Asia 2013 deadline has now passed

Announcement:

Small Grants Fund Central Asia 2013 deadline has now passed

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of our small grants fund for Central Asia. All organizations with project proposals related to human rights, democratization or strengthening of civil society may apply. While we are open to all good proposals, we encourage projects in Kazakhstan related to the outlying regions of the country. In Kyrgyzstan, we are particularly interested in projects addressing the basic human rights of vulnerable groups as well as legal initiatives. In Tajikistan, strengthening of the media and the rights of children is important. However, we are open to original and innovative ideas.

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NHC reacts to widespread denial of justice and judicial arbitrariness

Turkmenistan:

NHC reacts to widespread denial of justice and judicial arbitrariness

Endemic corruption, arbitrariness and denial of justice are key words that illustrate the justice system of Turkmenistan today. Few citizens dare to address the system for help, knowing that virtually any case is decided through money and good connections. Now, three brave persons that independently of each other have been through the system and back with their complaints to no avail, hope that international resonance to their case can create a positive precedence for others.

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Investigate threats against Memorial Central Asia staff

Central Asia:

Investigate threats against Memorial Central Asia staff

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was distressed to learn of serious, anonymous threats made against the Central Asia Program Director of Human Rights Center Memorial, Vitaliy Ponomarev, on 12 January 2012 and urges Russian and Uzbekistani authorities to open an investigation.

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NHC criticizes EU High Representative for not raising human rights issues during Central Asian visit

Central Asia:

NHC criticizes EU High Representative for not raising human rights issues during Central Asian visit

In a statement supported by other Civic Solidarity Platform members, the NHC expresses regret that Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, did not use her recent visit to Central Asia to raise the human rights challenges in the region. This is particularly disappointing as the EU is about to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for its "advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights".

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Exit ban prohibits the sick from leaving the country for medical treatment

Turkmenistan:

Exit ban prohibits the sick from leaving the country for medical treatment

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is deeply concerned over the continued reports of travel bans imposed on several groups of citizens of Turkmenistan, prohibiting them from leaving their home country.

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Central Asia Small Grants 2012-2013

Central Asia:

Central Asia Small Grants 2012-2013

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce that the following projects have been selected to receive support from its annual Small Grants Fund.

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Turkmenistan: UN Women Rights Committee strongly criticizes discrimination

Turkmenistan: UN Women Rights Committee strongly criticizes discrimination

The UN CEDAW committee is “seriously concerned about attitudes and policies reinforcing discriminatory traditional norms, harmful practices and patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes […] in all spheres of life” in Turkmenistan.

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NHC presents submissions to the UN Human Rights Council on Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

Universal Periodic Review:

NHC presents submissions to the UN Human Rights Council on Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

– The Norwegian Helsinki Committee remains deeply concerned about the current human rights situation in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which begs improvement on every aspect of fundamental human rights, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Bjørn Engesland. Both states are counted amongst the most repressive not only in the Central Asian region, but also in the world as a whole. Torture, political use of the judiciary and repression of media and civil society is widespread.

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Women: Turkmenistan’s second-class citizens

Turkmenistan:

Women: Turkmenistan’s second-class citizens

In cooperation with local activists, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee has submitted an alternative report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women’s (CEDAW) 53 Session on 11 October, where Turkmenistan will be heard in Geneva.

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Placing Human Rights at the Heart of EU Action

Five Year Anniversary of EU Central Asia Strategy:

Placing Human Rights at the Heart of EU Action

- Five years on, there is broad consensus that the human rights dialogues established with the Central Asian governments and other measures taken to implement the Strategy’s human rights objectives have not been as effective as desired. The overall human rights situation in Central Asia has not improved in any substantial way and, in some respects, human rights protection has even deteriorated in the countries of the region. NHC is among the signatories of an appeal to the European Union in occation of the five year anniversary of the EU Central Asia strategy.

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Time for Central Asian states to join the ICC

Time for Central Asian states to join the ICC

On 22 and 23 May, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court organized a seminar in Almaty, Kazakhstan with participants from civil society in all five Central Asian republics.

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Small Grants Fund Central Asia

Announcement:

Small Grants Fund Central Asia

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of our small grants fund for Central Asia. All organizations with project proposals related to human rights, democratization or strengthening of civil society may apply. While we are open to all good proposals, we encourage projects in Kazakhstan related to the outlying regions of the country. In Kyrgyzstan, we are particularly interested in projects addressing the basic human rights of vulnerable groups as well as legal initiatives. In Tajikistan, strengthening of the media and the rights of children is important. In addition to our regular program, we are glad to announce that additional grants have been allocated for smaller projects in Kazakhstan. These grants may be up to 9,999 USD, and are intended to support projects in more outlying regions of the country. The deadline and other requirements are the same.

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EBRD must maintain demands that Turkmenistan and Belarus meet set benchmarks

European Development Bank:

EBRD must maintain demands that Turkmenistan and Belarus meet set benchmarks

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development must maintain demands that Turkmenistan and Belarus meet set benchmarks before any investment in the restrictive countries. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee today participated in a meeting at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, discussing the Bank’s calibrated approach towards Belarus and Turkmenistan. The two authoritarian countries are the only cases in which the EBRD has initiated such an approach that allows for closer monitoring of the progress or regress towards set benchmarks on political and economic reform, and more rapid response to the development.

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Small Grant Fund for Central Asia announced

Central-Asia:

Small Grant Fund for Central Asia announced

The NHC is pleased to announce a contest for project proposals aiming at improving the situation regarding human rights, democratization or civil society in Central Asia. All 
organizations
 in the region with 
project 
proposals related
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 human 
rights, democratization 
or strengthening of 
civil
 society 
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apply. At the same time, we 
encourage 
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 targeting
 political rights in Kazakhstan, minority rights in Tajikistan, and reconciliation and protection of basic human rights after the Osh events in Kyrgyzstan.

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New report from the NHC

Turkmenistan:

New report from the NHC

The report "Turkmenistan: Dashoguz Women’s Prison Colony" gives a unique look into the everyday life in the women’s prison colony in the city of Dashoguz, in the very north of Turkmenistan.

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Safety of exiled Turkmen human rights activist under threat

Turkmenistan:

Safety of exiled Turkmen human rights activist under threat

The exiled Turkmen human rights defender Farid Tuhbatullin has received reliable information that an order to remove him quietly has been issued in his home country, Turkmenistan.

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