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October 5, 2016

TURKMENISTAN: Six conscientious objectors sentenced in 2016

Courts have sentenced five Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objectors in 2016 to two-year suspended prison terms for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. A sixth received a one-year corrective labour sentence. Turkmenistan ignored OSCE calls for the new Constitution to recognise conscientious objection.

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September 23, 2016

TURKMENISTAN: Search, arrest, torture of Jehovah’s Witness

Jehovah’s Witness Mansur Masharipov has appealed against a one-year prison term handed down on 18 August in the northern city of Dashoguz for allegedly assaulting a police officer back in July 2014. Police subsequently destroyed Bibles and other religious literature confiscated from him during a raid on his home, according to the verdict seen by Forum 18.

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July 5, 2016

TURKMENISTAN: Conscientious objectors face corrective labour sentences

Young men continue to be convicted on criminal charges in Turkmenistan for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of religious conscience and sentenced to corrective labour. Six young Jehovah’s Witnesses have been convicted and given such corrective labour sentences since October 2014, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18, with the most recent known sentence in February 2016. The men must live at home under restrictions and a fifth of their wages are seized by the state.

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November 25, 2015

Turkmenistan authorities beat and torture Jehovah’s Witness – JWnews

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May 23, 2015

TURKMENISTAN: Torture and jail for Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

Jehovah’s Witness Bahram Hemdemov has been tortured and given a four-year prison term on 19 May in Turkmenistan’s eastern city of Turkmenabad [Turkmenabat, formerly Charjew]

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March 13, 2015

TURKMENISTAN: “Who can forbid us from praying?” Yet raids, fines continue | JWnews

In March 2014, a court in the same Region handed down 15-day prison terms to ten Jehovah’s Witnesses to punish them for exercising their right to freedom of religion.

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February 19, 2015

NO Jehovah’s Witnesses convicted and imprisoned in Turkmenistan as conscientious objectors | JWnews

“Narkuliyev’s release means that there are no longer any Jehovah’s Witnesses convicted and imprisoned in Turkmenistan as conscientious objectors,” one Jehovah’s Witness told Forum 18 on 18 February. “This is the first time for many years and is obviously a very welcome development.”

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December 26, 2014

Turkmenistan and Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

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December 21, 2014

TURKMENISTAN: Same court, same judge, same four-year prison sentence, different victim | JWnews

Yet another Jehovah’s Witness has been given a four-year prison term on charges her fellow-believers insist were fabricated to punish her for exercising her right to freedom of religion or belief.

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November 7, 2014

U.S. Envoy on Turkmenistan’s Release of 8 Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

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November 6, 2014

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October 29, 2014

TURKMENISTAN: Eight prisoners of conscience amnestied | JWnews

Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 that they are “relieved” that most of their imprisoned fellow believers have been released. They noted on 28 October that the amnesty is an “encouraging” development and are hopeful that it will now result in recognition of the right to conscientious objection to military service.

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September 29, 2014

A New U.S. Human Rights Policy Towards Turkmenistan | JWnews

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Thanks to the valuable work of Forum 18 News Service, we know that the government has resumed its policy of jailing conscientious objectors to military service (currently six Jehovah’s Witnesses) and one Protestant and one Jehovah’s Witness reportedly are imprisoned for their faith.

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September 22, 2014

Mother Released From Prison in Turkmenistan | JWnews

Bibi Rahmanova was unexpectedly freed from prison on September 2, 2014. Despite international outcry over the case, judges did not clear her of false charges.

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August 28, 2014

Mother of Four-Year-Old Receives Unjust Prison Sentence in Turkmenistan

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August 21, 2014

TURKMENISTAN: Another Jehovah’s Witness railroaded into jail | JWnews

“This decision is particularly shocking considering that Bibi is the mother of a four-year-old boy and was clearly the victim of police abuse,” Jehovah’s Witnesses added.

“When the police discovered the bags contained religious literature and a laptop computer, they screamed obscene words at Vepa Tuvakov threatening that his son would soon be an orphan,”

When Rahmanova began to record the police action on her mobile phone, officers demanded that she hand it over. She refused and put her phone under her shirt. Jehovah’s Witnesses complained to Forum 18 that officers touched her inappropriately when seizing the phone. The police also beat Tuvakov.

In January 2013, seven weeks after the UN Human Rights Committee sought a response from Turkmenistan to complaints by 10 Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objectors, about 30 police officers raided the lead complainant’s family home in Dashoguz. Six people were detained, beaten and tortured, one of them severely. In what Jehovah’s Witnesses state was “particularly despicable treatment”, one detainee was threatened with being raped on a table in the police station.

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August 21, 2014

TURKMENISTAN, Imprisoned for Their Faith | JWnews

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August 10, 2014

U.S. Department of State raises concerns about detention and imprisonment of religious minorities in Turkmenistan | JWnews

The officials raised concerns about the arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious minorities, the right of religious groups to register, the lack of readily-available information about registration procedures, and restrictions on the importation and distribution of religious literature.

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August 4, 2014

Turkmenistan Joins List of World’s Worst Religious Freedom Violators | JWnews

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August 4, 2014

U.S. Department of State raises concerns about detention and imprisonment of religious minorities in Turkmenistan | JWnews

docs U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented to Congress the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report last week.

The constitution and some laws and policies of Turkmenistan provide for religious freedom; however, other laws and policies restrict religious freedom and the government enforced those restrictions, according to the report.

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August 1, 2014

Turkmenistan, Raids, arrest, fines of Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

Yet another young Jehovah’s Witness in Turkmenistan has been imprisoned for refusing to perform compulsory military service

Atamurat Suvkhanov, given a one-year prison term (his second) by a Dashoguz court in March. A further four conscientious objectors are serving suspended sentences.

18-month prison sentence handed down in early July brings to nine the number of known imprisoned conscientious objectors, all of them Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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August 1, 2014

TURKMENISTAN, a Jehovah’s Witness falsely charged with distributing pornography | JWnews

During their detention in police custody, all three were beaten, Jehovah’s Witnesses said. Also beaten in police custody in early July was another local Jehovah’s Witness Mansur Masharipov. He was forcibly transferred to a Drug Rehabilitation Centre, and injected against his will with an unknown substance which caused partial paralysis, vomiting, fever and headaches.

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July 30, 2014

Turkmenistan • Continued arrest and imprisonment of Jehovah’s Witnesses | JWnews

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September 20, 2013

TURKMENISTAN: “If you adopt their faith I’ll tear off your head”

Police in the Turkmen city of Mary have resumed pressure on relatives, friends and members of the Protestant congregation led by former religious prisoner of conscience Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev. One police officer threatened to “tear off” the head of one of his relatives if she adopted “their faith”, Pastor Nurliev told Forum 18 News Service from Mary on 17 September.

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August 30, 2013

TURKMENISTAN: Jehovah’s Witnesses a prisoner of conscience

Yet another young Jehovah’s Witness in Turkmenistan has been imprisoned for refusing to perform compulsory military service because he believes it would go against his conscience, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. Twenty-year old Amirlan Tolkachev’s 18-month prison sentence handed down in early July brings to nine the number of known imprisoned conscientious objectors, all of them Jehovah’s Witnesses. Others have been fined or received suspended sentences.

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May 23, 2013

TURKMENISTAN: Raids, deportation, visa denial, Government denies UPR complaints

Nine conscientious objectors – all of them Jehovah’s Witnesses – are known to be serving prison sentences for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. The most recent known to have been sentenced was Atamurat Suvkhanov, given a one-year prison term (his second) by a Dashoguz court in March. A further four conscientious objectors are serving suspended sentences. Another was convicted on the same charges in January, but was instead given a heavy fine.

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May 21, 2013

Turkmenistan police, Torture, Rape Threat, Fines

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Seven weeks after the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee sought a response from Turkmenistan’s government to complaints by ten Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objectors, about 30 police officers raided the lead complainant’s family home in the northern city of Dashoguz. Two members of the Nasyrlayev family, with four guests, were taken to a police station and three were held for 40 hours…

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May 21, 2013

Turkmenistan and Jehovah’s Witnesses

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February 16, 2012

TURKMENISTAN: “Show trial” for conscientious objector | Jwitness


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At the trial of the latest Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector Akmurad Nurjanov in a courtroom in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabad, senior school students were present to witness his one-year suspended prison sentence being handed down. “Taking them to the trial appears to have been designed as a warning of what will happen to the young men if they refuse military service,” one Jehovah’s Witness told Forum 18 News Service, calling the event a “show trial”. It remains unknown what restrictions Nurjanov will have to live under during his sentence. Five other Jehovah’s Witnesses are serving labour camp sentences of between 18 months and two years for refusing compulsory military service. The day after Nurjanov’s sentence, another Ashgabad court rejected fellow Jehovah’s Witness Vladimir Nuryllayev’s appeal in his absence against his four-year prison term on charges of “spreading pornography”. Community members say the charges were fabricated to punish him for his faith. The judge screamed at his fellow believers to leave the court house, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18.

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February 14, 2012

Turkmenistan; Jehovah’s Witness beaten by police | JW news


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ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan—Vladimir Nuryllayev, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, was convicted of “spreading pornography” during a closed court hearing held on January 18, 2012. He was sentenced to four years of imprisonment.

In September 2011, police seized Nuryllayev’s personal religious literature from the apartment where he lived with his mother and sister. Several weeks later, two local police officers came to Nuryllayev’s home without a warrant, beat him in the presence of his mother, and then seized his laptop computer, and kept it “for examination.” On November 15, 2011, Nuryllayev was arrested.

Several times during the hearing, the judge went to his office to review the pornographic material—in the presence of Nuryllayev. He commented: “I had to close my eyes and block my ears so as not to see or hear the disgusting images and videos. I told them again and again that these recordings had never been on my computer. I also made it clear that my computer was very old and did not have the ability to connect to the Internet. The disk drive didn’t even work, so how could I make copies of anything?”

Nuryllayev’s appeal hearing is scheduled for February 14, 2012.

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January 17, 2012

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