Turkmenistan: An “Era of Happiness” or more of the same repression?

In 2012 the Turkmenistani state press declared an official “Era of Might and Happiness”. However, the systematic state harassment of dissenting figures, journalists and human rights defenders, persistent reports of torture and other ill-treatment by security forces of people in detention and the wide-spread denial of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly for all citizens of Turkmenistan paint a different picture. This report provides an overview of human rights violations in this closed and tightly controlled country.

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