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Latest news from Turkmenistan

TURKMENISTAN: INCB calls for greater drug control compliance

ANKARA, 30 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - The International Narcotics Board (INCB) has called on Turkmenistan to fully comply with its obligations under a number of international drug conventions to which it is a party. Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Activists flay US report on religious freedom

ANKARA, 17 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Human rights groups have strongly criticised a US government report for failing to designate Turkmenistan a country of particular concern (CPC) on the issue of religious freedom.Full report

TURKMENISTAN: No progress on religious freedom

ANKARA, 29 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Turkmenistan continues to deny its citizens the right to religious freedom, despite longstanding international pressure to reform.Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Prostitution on the rise

ANKARA, 5 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Poverty remains the driving-force behind rising levels of prostitution in the energy-rich state of Turkmenistan, where upwards of 44 percent of the country's population reportedly lives on less than US $2 per day.Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Ashgabat intimidating those linked with exiled activists say rights NGOs

ANKARA, 1 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Rights activists living outside Turkmenistan say the Turkmen government has been intimidating their relatives and friends in Turkmenistan because of their own efforts from abroad to highlight the desert nation's poor human rights record. Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Focus on ethnic minorities

ANKARA, 18 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The plight of ethnic minorities in Turkmenistan remains bleak, despite claims to the contrary by the Turkmen government during this month's session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Drug addiction on the rise

ANKARA, 2 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Drug addiction is on the rise in Turkmenistan fuelled by the government's neglect of socioeconomic issues, a Turkmen rights group charged on Tuesday.Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Healthcare system virtually destroyed, says UK-based group

ANKARA, 9 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - A recent report on healthcare and human rights in Turkmenistan, published by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, highlights a deteriorating situation in the former Soviet republic. The report urges the international community to put pressure on Ashgabat to institute immediate reforms. Full report

TURKMENISTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Cross border movement remains problematic

KARSHI, 6 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Zainab Shokhojaeva, a resident on the Uzbek side of the border town of Tallimarjan in the southern province of Kashkadarya, peers through the barbed wire across her garden and into Turkmenistan. She gazes over the meadows where her family used to graze their cattle, nostalgically recalling the past when her family were better off.Full report

TURKMENISTAN: Clampdown on dissent continues says Amnesty

ANKARA, 3 May 2005 (IRIN) - A new report by Amnesty International (AI) has strongly criticised the government of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov for failing to adequately address the ongoing issue of human rights.Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Turkmenistan

TURKMENISTAN: Focus on ethnic minorities

TURKMENISTAN: Interview with US Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson

TURKMENISTAN: Heroin use poses a growing challenge

TURKMENISTAN: Focus on Armenian migrants

TURKMENISTAN: Focus on education


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