Turkmenistan: A summary of concerns about prisoners of conscience, ill-treatment and the death penalty
In the two years since independence there have been persistent human rights violations. Current concerns include the repeated short-term detention of opposition activists, usually to prevent them from meeting foreign visitors or attending international meetings. They are prisoners of conscience. There have also been reports of assaults on oppostion activists, including Mukhammedmurad Salamatov in October 1992. Possible prisoner of conscience Karadzha Karadzhayev was also badly beaten by police on 26 October 1992. At present he is in prison on charges of gross embezzlement and slander, but there is concern that these charges may be false. A further concern is the continued use of the death penalty.