Turkmenistan: Religious freedom survey, January 2017

By Felix Corley & John Kinahan | Forum 18

Freedom of religion and belief, with interlinked freedoms such as expression, association, and assembly, continues to be seriously restricted in Turkmenistan. Forum 18’s survey analysis documents the regime’s many freedom of religion and belief violations imposed as part of a policy to control society.

Freedom of religion and belief is, along with other intrinsically linked rights such as the freedoms of expression, association, and assembly, seriously restricted in Turkmenistan. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s regime imposes these human rights restrictions as an intentional systemic policy to control every aspect of society. He has ruled since December 2006 without the legitimacy of a free and fair election, like his similarly unelected predecessor.

Serious systematic violations of freedom of religion or belief Forum 18 has documented include: