Government attempts to silence the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation

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August 31, 2005

Government attempts to silence the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation

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- Express concern about the ongoing clampdown on dissent in Turkmenistan as a result of which many civil society activists, political dissidents, members of religious minority groups and their families have been subjected to human rights violations including harassment, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment, and imprisonment after unfair trials.

- Express particular concern at reports that the authorities have taken steps aimed at stopping the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation (THF) from carrying out its human rights work. This has included the summoning, interrogation and intimidation of relatives, acquaintances and former fellow students and colleagues of the THF’s director Tadzhigul Begmedova.

- Express concern at reports that Tadzhigul Begmedova’s father Sazak Begmedov was forcibly resettled to Dashoguz on 31 August 2003 and ill-treated by the policemen who detained him. Urge the authorities to promptly lift the restrictions on Sazak Begmedov’s movement and to open a thorough and independent investigation into the allegations that he was ill-treated with those found responsible brought to justice.

- Urge them to ensure respect for the human rights of human rights defenders and ensure that they are able to carry out their peaceful activities free from harassment and without threat of detention and imprisonment and other human rights violations.

PLEASE SEND YOUR APPEALS TO:

President of Turkmenistan:
Prezident Turkmenistana Saparmurat A. NIYAZOV; Apparat Prezidenta; 744000 ASHGABAT; TURKMENISTAN
Fax: (+993 12) 35 51 12
Salutation: Dear President

Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Ministr Rashid MEREDOV; Ministerstvo inostrannykh del Turkmenistana; 83 pr. Magtymguly; 744000 ASHGABAT; TURKMENISTAN
Fax: (+993 12) 35 42 41, e-mail: mfatm@online.tm
Salutation: Dear Minister

Chairman of the Ministry of National Security:
Predsedatelyu Ministerstva Natsionalnoi Bezapasnosti Geldimuhammetu Asyrmuhammedovu; 91 pr. Magtymguly; 744000 ASHGABAT; TURKMENISTAN
Fax: ( +993 12) 51 07 55
Salutation: Dear Chairman

COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Turkmenistan accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND ANY REPLIES FROM THE AUTHORITIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. (Europe and Central Asia Program; Eurasia team, Amnesty International; 1 Easton Street; London WC1X ODW; United Kingdom)
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