Title

Disappeared in Turkmenistan’s Prisons: Are They Still Alive?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Room 122, Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
United States
Staff: 
Name: 
Janice Helwig
Title Text: 
Policy Advisor
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Rachel Denber
Title: 
Deputy Director
Body: 
Europe and Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch
Name: 
Catherine Fitzpatrick
Title: 
Expert on Eurasia
Body: 
Independent
Name: 
Peter Zalmayev
Title: 
Director
Body: 
Eurasia Democracy Initiative
Name: 
Kate Watters
Title: 
Executive Director
Body: 
Crude Accountability
Name: 
Boris Shikhmuradov
Title: 
Editor
Body: 
Gundogar.org

At the time of this hearing - attended by Janice Helwig, policy advisor with the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; Rachel Denber, Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia Division; Catherine Fitzpatrick, Independent Expert on Eurasia; Peter Zalmayev, Director of the Eurasia Democracy Initiative; Kate Watters, Executive Director of Crude Accountability; and Boris Shikhmuradov, editor at Gundogar.org – ten years had passed when ten member states of the OSCE had invoked the Moscow Mechanism against Turkmenistan out of concern over hundreds of arrests in the wake of an alleged failed coup attempt. Many of these individuals had remained unaccounted for because the government of Turkmenistan was involved in disappearing prisoners and then denying that they had done so.

Since the Moscow Mechanism was invoked, the U.S. had also raised this issue every year at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw in a special statement. This practice had underscored the repression of the Turkmen government that changed very little after President Niyazov died in 2006.

Clear Filters
Close
Filters

Helsinki Commission Examines Plight of Internally Displaced Persons

U.S. Delegation to OSCE PA Drives International Action against Human Trafficking, Discrimination, and Anti-Semitism

Combatting Corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina

NATO’s Warsaw Summit and the Future of European Security

Helsinki Commission Honored for Work on Ukraine

Moldova at a Crossroads

Fox Business: Sen. Wicker on Turkey

Helsinki Commission Co-Chair Re-Elected as Head of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly First Committee

Chairman Smith Leads International Legislators against Human Trafficking, Child Sex Tourism

Helsinki Commission Briefing to Examine Challenges to Moldovan Security, Including Russian Destabilization Efforts

Chairman Smith Champions Improved Security for European Jewish Communities at Annual Meeting of OSCE Parliamentarians

Bipartisan Legislation to Bring Back Convicted Criminals Abroad Passes Subcommittee

40th Anniversary of the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Helsinki Commission Chair, Co-Chair Welcome Savchenko Release; Urge Russia To Comply With Minsk Agreements

Helsinki Commission Chair, Co-Chair Mourn Passing of Former Senator and Commissioner George Voinovich

Chairman Smith Sends Strong Message of Support to Poland Ahead of NATO Summit in Warsaw

On World Press Freedom Day, Helsinki Commission Chair Urges Azerbaijan: Free Khadija!

The Helsinki Follow-Up Meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation on Europe

Witness Profile: Ambassador Jonathan Moore

Helsinki Commission to Preview Outcomes of July NATO Summit in Warsaw

Pages