New names added to list of disappeared in Turkmen prisons

The Show them alive! Campaign has published an updated list of convicts who disappeared in prisons of Turkmenistan.

The fate of several victims of enforced disappearances became known, and their names were removed from the report, however, experts found the same number of new cases. Now the list contains data on 121 people whose fate remains unknown.

According to human rights activists, the new version of the list is supplemented with the names of Kemal Saparov and Kakadzhan Halbaev , Turkmen students who studied in St. Petersburg and were convicted in 2018 shortly after returning to Turkmenistan on vacation. Also included is the name of Sultan Bebitov , convicted in 2013 in the case of Bakhrom Saparov's group.

Two people, Sairan Mammadov , convicted in 2004 for helping relatives of the Novemberists flee the country and Ilham Bektemirov were released. Activist Gulgeldy Annaniyazov served an 11-year sentence and was transferred from the colony to the village of Karabogaz, where he will be under the control of local authorities for the next five years.

The Demonstrate Alive campaigners call on the international community to put pressure on Turkmenistan. The sentences for several convicts, whose fate is unknown, expire shortly and activists fear that they will be convicted again on trumped-up charges.

The list contains precisely confirmed cases of enforced disappearances, but there may be many more, some of the prisoners have been kept without any connection with their families since 2002, human rights activists concluded.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan