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Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Governments must stop abusing emergency powers during COVID-19 pandemic

A young woman looks through a window of a quarantined building in St Petersburg © Alexander Demianchuk/TASS

Governments in the region routinely resort to repressive measures to silence critical views but some have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to further clamp down on opposition Authorities in Kazakhstan have welded apartment doors shut to trap residents inside, while Chechen police have assaulted people for not wearing facemasks ‘As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds in the region, many governments seem more interested in cracking down on dissent than protecting public health’ - Heather McGill Governments in Eastern European and Central Asian countries are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Urgent Action: Gay man summoned by police and disappeared

A doctor came out as gay in an online article and was summoned to the police station. He has not been heard from since.

First UA: 151/19

Urgent Action update: Release critically ill human rights defender in Turkmenistan

Mansur Mingelov, sentenced to 22 years imprisonment, is critically ill with tuberculosis contracted in prison.

4th update on UA 97/14 issued 12/07/2018

Urgent Action: Independent journalist tortured, facing jail in Turkmenistan

Journalist Khudayberdy Allashov was detained on 3 December, together with his wife and mother, in Turkmenistan. He is accused of possessing chewing tobacco, which is a criminal offence, and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. His mother also remains in detention.

UA 279/16 issued 08/12/2016

Turkmenistan must grant retrial to hunger-striker on brink of death

Mansur Mingelov had collected evidence of police torture before suffering unfair trial

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Turkmenistan: new report describes 'total repression' in oil-and-gas-rich country

People not socialising for fear of being reported over anti-state comments

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May 18 2020 5:32PM
Central Asia Exhibition at Hillhead Library, 15th-28th July

We currently have an EXHIBITION AT HILLHEAD LIBRARY (until 28th July), consisting of beautiful photography accompanied by the courageous stories of families in Central Eur

Secret service plot may threaten life of Turkmenistani activist in Vienna, warn NGOs

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the Austrian authorities to protect a Vienna-based Turkmenistani activist who is said to be the target of a plot against his life by agents of the Ministry of National Security (MNS) of Turkmenistan. Farid Tukhbatullin, director of the NGO Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR), is believed to be at serious risk of harm after he criticised Turkmenistan's human rights record during a television interview. According to a credible account from a trusted source who has requested anonymity, officials at the Ministry discussed "get[ting

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Turkmenistan: New president must end torture and repression

13 recommendations to next president publishedAhead of elections on 11 February, Amnesty International today (8 February) called for the next president of Turkmenistan to end torture and repression as the organisation published a list of human rights recommendations to the president.The 13-point document sets out a human rights reform plan for the next President of Turkmenistan to put an end to stifling freedom of expression, arbitrary detention and torture, and unfair trials, as well as violations of social and economic rights.As a first step, Amnesty International is calling on the new

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