Friday, September 15, 2006

Human Rights Violation in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan was a Soviet Republic until 1991 when it broke away. Considered a dictatorship, the President and Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Saparmurat Nitazov has absolute power going so far as to prevent any religious practices. This totalitarian, secular, cult-of-personality government opposes religious freedom and human rights. The freedom of the press is near the bottom of all countries in the world.

The United Nations today called for an investigation of Turkmenistan for the death of a human rights activist and journalist, Ogulsapar Muradova. She was with the Bulgaria-based Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation, and was a reporter with U.S.-funded Radio Liberty. Tried in the country on trumped up charges, the reporter along with two other activists were arrested in June. Knowing the reputation it shouldn’t surprise anyone the actions of this government.

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