ICC NOTE: A prominent human rights group, Human Rights Watch, has put in a request with the German government to voice the displeasure of the international community to the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan. Since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Turkmenistan has continued many former Soviet tactics toward repressing dissidents and their movements. religious freedom has taken a similar position among those targeted much like its Central Asian neighbors. Both cases have placed the country on the list of the worst countries for democracy and freedom while ranking in the top 20 of the Open Doors watch list regarding international religious freedom.
8/25/2016 Turkmenistan (Radio Free Europe) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the German government to urge Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov “to end enforced disappearances and address other serious human rights problems in the country.”
In a statement issued on August 25, the New York-based rights monitor called on Chancellor Angela Merkel “to stand up for those in Turkmenistan who cannot engage their own government” during meetings with Berdymukhammedov in Berlin scheduled for August 29.
The statement specifically mentions RFE/RL’s freelance correspondent Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, who was tried and imprisoned “on bogus drug charges,” according to HRW.