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Turkmenistan: “Principles of mercy, justice and humanism” fail to free religious prisoners of conscience

ICC Note:

Nine known religious prisoners in Turkmenistan, including Christians, have not been released despite a UN appeal to the Turkmen government to respect religious freedom, Forum 18 News Service reports.

By Felix Corley

3/9/2011 Turkmenistan (Forum 18 News Service) – None of the nine known religious prisoners of conscience in Turkmenistan were freed in the February amnesty decreed “on the principles of mercy, justice and humanism”… One year after the United Nations wrote an “urgent appeal” to the Turkmen government over the continued imprisonment of conscientious objectors, the government has failed to respond to the UN. Ata, an aide to Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, said the Ministry is “not competent” to explain why it has not responded. Imprisoned Protestant Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev is still being denied a Bible. His wife Maya Nurlieva told Forum 18 she treasures his personal Bible at home as something precious to him which she can hold in his absence.

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