Another Turkmen activist was detained in Istanbul. The country’s police are looking for more than 20 others

On October 22, Turkmen activist Bayram Allalyev was detained in Istanbul . The man was invited to the migration service to apply for permanent residence. While he was filling out the documents, police arrived and detained him, according to the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (THF).

The police searched for three more Turkmen activists on October 20 at their place of registration in Istanbul. There is unconfirmed information that unknown Turkmen accompanied the police.

Also the day before, Dursoltan Taganova was summoned to the migration service to persuade her to withdraw her asylum application, which guarantees her non-refoulement to her homeland.

The officials gave the lawyer Mustafa Yaman the opportunity to familiarize himself with the list of 25 Turkmen activists wanted by the Turkish police, but did not allow him to copy the document.

According to the source, a complaint was filed with the court against the decision to deport Akhmed Rakhmanov , who was detained in Antalya on October 18. It will be reviewed within 15 days.

"The increased pressure of the Turkish police on the Turkmen opposition, sanctioned at a high level, is part of Ankara's political game ahead of the meeting of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States scheduled for November 12 in Istanbul," the TCF news release said.

On October 18, Turkey detained two opposition activists from Turkmenistan: In Antalya, 47-year-old Akhmed Rakhmanov was sent to a deportation center. On the same day, Istanbul police took away 35-year-old Kamil Abulov . On the morning of October 19, he was taken to a deportation center. Abulov's wife was informed that her husband was on the list of 28 people, whose arrest is required by the Turkmen consulate.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan