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Thursday, January 13th, 2011
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was alarmed by Turkmenistan’s laws prohibiting religious freedom, considering the laws to be “one of the harshest laws on religion of all 15 former Soviet Republics.” The OSCE wants to end the ban on unregistered religious activity, and wants the government to allow an individual’s right to be able to teach religion without government knowledge or authorization, reports Mission Network News.
Thursday, December 30th, 2010
"Turkmenistan has not released any of its nine known religious prisoners of conscience in its latest prisoner amnesty," Forum 18 News Service reports.
Thursday, December 30th, 2010
“Nearly three years after Turkmenistan's government declared "reform" to the Religion Law to be a "priority", the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has published a legal review of the current Law criticising many of its provisions for violating international human rights standards,” Forum 18 News Service reports.
Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Religious freedom in Turkmenistan is “highly restricted,” Forum18 reports.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Ilmurad Nurliev, a protestant prisoner, has been unjustly prohibited by a Turkmenistan court from appealing against his four-year prison term.
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Monday, September 13th, 2010
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Although the Turkmen government announced plans to revise the Religion Law, work on a draft hasn't begun.
Sunday, February 14th, 2010
Religious believers told Forum 18 they remain sceptical that any legal changes will end the violations of religious freedom.
Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Turkmenistan government ignores Protestant registration requests. Police raid prayer gatherings and demand Christians to “renounce”.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Turkmenistan continues to raid Protestants meeting for worship in different parts of the country, Forum 18 news Service has learnt.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
The authorities claim that Atakov owes another individual 12,000 US Dollars over a 1995 transaction, for which he was subsequently imprisoned. He and his fellow Baptists insist he was innocent of all charges.
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Turkmenistan continues to impose strict censorship on religious literature brought into the country, and copies data from personal computers.
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
"It is all being done because I am a Christian - I don't owe anyone anything,"
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Myanmar, North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam have been recommended as Countries of Particular Concern by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Friday, March 13th, 2009
This article gives a good overview of the religious freedom restrictions in Central Asia, which make being a Christian very difficult there.
Thursday, November 20th, 2008
The former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan is passing a law that restricts freedom of religion by making it difficult for religious groups to be registered and to share their faith with others. It is high time that the United States exerts pressure on Kyrgyzstan so that the freedom of religion is respected in that country.
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Officials of Turkmenistan curtail freedom of religion of the country’s protestant Christians.
Thursday, December 20th, 2007
In former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan, the gospel of Jesus Christ is spreading like wild fire despite persecution of Christians. New churches are being planted and previously unreached people are hearing about Jesus Christ in that country.
Thursday, December 6th, 2007
"But of course it is linked to my activity as a believer. Everything that has happened to me since 2001 is related to that,
Saturday, November 24th, 2007
"Officials summoned me for what they said was a conversation, but at the end presented me with a pre-written statement saying that I agreed not to meet with my fellow-believers."
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Relatives and friends of Turkmenistan's former Chief Mufti, Nasrullah ibn Ibadullah, as well as local people in his northern home region and visitors from neighboring Uzbekistan have held a traditional Turkmen "sadaka" (thanksgiving feast) to celebrate his release from prison.
Friday, July 20th, 2007
"They took me to the capital at the beginning of the month and then, on 7 July, put me on the train to Russia; they gave me no reason for the deportation."
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
Baptist prisoner Vyacheslav Kalataevsky has been moved to a harsher labour camp.Baptist Yevgeny Potolov remains in jail six weeks after his arrest. Merdan Shirmedov has been denied permission to leave Turkmenistan since January.
Friday, May 25th, 2007
There is a growing crackdown on Protestants in Turkmenistan
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Just five days after one Baptist, Vyacheslav Kalataevsky, was sentenced to three years in a labour camp another Baptist was arrested
Monday, May 14th, 2007
a Baptist leader, given a three-year labour camp sentence for illegally crossing the border in 2001
Friday, April 27th, 2007
The criminal trial of imprisoned Baptist leader Vyacheslav Kalataevsky may begin very soon, his wife has said