Turkmenistan: Ten religious prisoners of conscience in one camp
Concern is growing for imprisoned Protestant Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev, who is being refused medical treatment for his diabetes, for which he regularly visited a hospital before his August 2010 arrest, Forum 18 News Service reports.
By Felix Corley
4/29/2011 Turkmenistan (Forum 18 News Service) – The arrival at the Seydi Labour Camp in eastern Turkmenistan of Dovran Matyakubov, a Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objector, brought to ten the number of religious prisoners of conscience held in this camp, Forum 18 News Service notes. Nine are conscientious objectors. Matyakubov received an 18-month prison term in January for refusing compulsory military service. Concern is mounting among his friends for another of the religious prisoners in the Seydi Camp, Protestant Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev. The Labour Camp administration has refused to allow him medical treatment for his diabetes, for which he regularly visited a hospital before his August 2010 arrest. “Our first aim is restoring his health,” his friends told Forum 18. Police who summoned members of his unregistered congregation warned: “if we find out the church has been meeting, we’ll do the same to you as we did to Ilmurad”.