List of missing in Turkmen prisons published in Russian and CIVICUS report on the state of civil society in Central Asia

International Campaign "Prove They Are Alive!" presented a Russian-language version of its overview of the situation of enforced disappearances in prisons in Turkmenistan, first published in early December. It is reported by Memorial Human Rights Center.

Compared to 2019, the list has been replenished with 41 names of people with whom the connection was interrupted after their imprisonment.

Of the 162 documented cases of enforced disappearances, 97 are currently relevant, of which there is no information about the fate of people in 72 cases.

You can download a list with a detailed description of cases at the link .


Meanwhile, the World Alliance for Civil Participation has published an annual report examining the state of civil society around the world.

In the part devoted to the countries of Central Asia (it was helped by the human rights organization IPHR ), it is said that the space for civil society continues to narrow.

Opposition and civic activists, independent journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders and peaceful protesters have been harassed by states over the past year. They faced online attacks, anonymous threats, surveillance, arrests on politically motivated charges.

The government of Turkmenistan, which continues to deny the presence of COVID-19 in the country, has stepped up measures to combat tools to circumvent Internet censorship.

As previously reported, another campaign to combat VPN applications and servers began in October 2021, when almost all such services stopped working.

In addition, in connection with the increased activity of dissident movements, the Turkmen authorities increased pressure on opposition activists and their relatives inside the country and abroad.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan