Turkmenistan: Clampdown on dissent: A background briefing
This document describes the human rights situation in Turkmenistan as appalling. It has deteriorated even further following an alleged assassination attempt on President Saparmurat Niyazov in November 2002, which triggered a new wave of repression. Turkmenistan shows no political will to implement recent recommendations made by the international community to improve its human rights record and has ignored its obligations under major human rights treaties and as a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Key to the failure to address impunity or counter the widespread abuse of human rights is the domination by President Niyazov of all aspects of life in the country.