Map reflects the 30 most recent Persecution Reports. Click HERE for the Map Legend.



Turkmenistan: “I don’t know how these people are going to pay the fines”

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

“After a 22 January raid on Protestants in a private flat in Turkmenabad in eastern Turkmenistan, a court has imposed heavy fines on about 17 of those present, Protestants who asked not to be identified for fear of state reprisals told Forum 18 News Service.”

The ball is in Turkmenistan’s court following religion law review

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.

Turkmenistan: “Ilmurad will pray and praise God at Christmas in the labour camp”

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.

Turkmenistan: Will government respond to OSCE call for Religion Law changes?

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.

Turkmenistan: Religious freedom survey

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Religious freedom in Turkmenistan is “highly restricted,” Forum18 reports.

Turkmenistan: Protestant Refused Appeal for Prison Term

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.

Turkmenistan: Another Pastor Imprisoned

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Turkmenistan: Protestant pastor’s trial set for 21 October

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Turkmenistan: Appeal for imprisoned pastor

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Turkmenistan: Five years’ imprisonment for arrested Protestant pastor?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Religion law in Turkmenistan stalls

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Although the Turkmen government announced plans to revise the Religion Law, work on a draft hasn't begun.

Turkmenistan: Work not even begun on new Religion Law

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Religious believers told Forum 18 they remain sceptical that any legal changes will end the violations of religious freedom.

Now the police help Turkmen imams to persecute Christians

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Turkmenistan government ignores Protestant registration requests. Police raid prayer gatherings and demand Christians to “renounce”.

Turkmenistan: Worship without State Registration “Illegal”

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Turkmenistan continues to raid Protestants meeting for worship in different parts of the country, Forum 18 news Service has learnt.

Authorities Threaten to Seize Baptist Leader’s Property

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.

I want to know if I can import religious books

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Turkmenistan continues to impose strict censorship on religious literature brought into the country, and copies data from personal computers.

Old ‘offences’ still used to punish current religious activity

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

"It is all being done because I am a Christian - I don't owe anyone anything,"

Nations with Worst Religious Tolerance

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.

Religious Intolerance Persists In Central Asia, Despite What Constitutions Say

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.

Central Asia: Kyrgyz Draft Law, Like Others in Region, Will Restrict Freedom of Religion

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.

Commentary: Why can’t all religious communities have places of worship?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Officials of Turkmenistan curtail freedom of religion of the country’s protestant Christians.

Believers nurtured amid Turkmenistan’s challenges

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.

Baptist Pastors Face Uncertain Future in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

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, “

“Prayer without state registration violates the Religion Law”

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."

Former Chief Mufti Released /Baptist Still In Jail in Turkmenistan

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.

Turkmenistan: Another Baptist Deported To Russia

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."

TURKMENISTAN: Baptist prisoner of conscience moved, another Baptist still held, a third Protestant still denied family reunification

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

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