Friday, April 29, 2016


Latest Turkmenistan News

Turkish police use a tear-inducing agent against demonstrators during a protest over the arrest of two reporters in Ankara late last year. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was singled out in the Freedom House report for his crackdown on journalists.

World Press Freedom At Lowest In More Than A Decade, Watchdog Says

A U.S.-based rights watchdog says press freedom in the world declined in 2015 to its lowest level in 12 years, under increased pressure from a combination of political, criminal, and terrorist elements. More

Russian Tanker Catches Fire In Caspian Sea

A fire broke out on a Russian oil tanker on the Caspian Sea, killing one crew member. More

‘Deep And Disturbing’ Decline Found In World Media Freedom

A leading journalism advocacy group said media freedom experienced a sharp decline around the world over the past year, citing increasing government restrictions in places like Turkey, Poland, Tajikistan, and Egypt. More

The government of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has faced scathing criticism from international rights groups and Western officials over its crackdown on political opponents and independent journalists in recent years.

U.S. Warns Of 'Accelerating' Rights Abuses Worldwide

The U.S. State Department says in a new report that the world faces a "global governance crisis" as both governments and nonstate actors increasingly infringe on human rights. More

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Turkmenistan' Endless Shuffle Of Officials

The head of Turkmenistan’s presidential administration, Shamukhammet Durdylyev, and officials at the Ashgabat mayor’s office are probably very nervous these days. More

Audio Rights, Freedoms Fall Victim To Central Asian Economic Crisis

Freedom House released its annual Nations In Transit report, providing an indispensable look at the human rights situation in 29 countries, including the Central Asian states. More
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Features & Commentary

Don't Mess With Turkmenistan's Horses

Turkmenistan's authoritarian president has a soft spot for Akhal-Teke horses -- the country's national symbol. So he has passed a new law regulating the horses' lives.
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'Torture By Hunger': Horse Breeder Describes Desperate Days In Turkmen Prison

During the repressive rein of President Saparmurat Niyazov, horse expert Geldy Kyarizov went from the halls of Turkmenistan's government to a "horrific" penitentiary where he spent five months before his release. Allowed to leave the secretive Central Asian state in September, Geldy Kyarizov gave RFE/RL a harrowing account of "torture by hunger" in its toughest prison.
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