Background Reports on Turkmenistan Available | Freedom House

Background Reports on Turkmenistan Available

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Following the sudden death of President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan, Freedom House is providing background information on the state of political rights and civil liberties in the country.

Turkmenistan was included in Freedom House’s 2006 report, “The Worst of the Worst,” and received the lowest possible scores in the 2006 version of the organization’s annual survey, Freedom in the World.

The report outlines the repressive conditions under which citizens of Turkmenistan live. “Citizens of Turkmenistan cannot change their government democratically, and President Niyazov enjoys virtually absolute power over all branches and levels of government. None of the country's legislative elections have been free or fair, and freedom of speech and the press is severely restricted by the government, which controls all radio and television broadcasts and print media.”

For more information about Turkmenistan, visit:

Freedom in the World 2006: Turkmenistan

Nations in Transit 2006: Turkmenistan

Freedom of the Press 2006: Turkmenistan

Freedom House, an independent non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world, has been monitoring political rights and civil liberties in Turkmenistan since 1991.

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