Turkmenistan is a repressive authoritarian state where political rights and civil liberties are almost completely denied in practice. Elections are tightly controlled, ensuring nearly unanimous victories for the president and his supporters. The economy is dominated by the state, corruption is systemic, religious groups are persecuted, and political dissent is not tolerated.
Freedom in the World — Turkmenistan Country Report
Turkmenistan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Nations in Transit — Turkmenistan Country Report
Categorized as a Consolidated Authoritarian regime, Turkmenistan receives a Democracy Percentage of 0 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2022 report.
News & Perspectives on Turkmenistan
NEW REPORT: Freedom in Eurasia Deteriorated in 2022
March 9, 2023
NEW REPORT: Regional Autocrats Exploiting Instability, Expanding Power from Central Europe to Central Asia
April 20, 2022
NEW REPORT: Attacks on Democracy Intensify as Autocracy Spreads in Europe and Eurasia
April 28, 2021
A Flurry of Succession Planning Follows an Autocrat’s Death in Eurasia
September 23, 2016
Statement to TU President Berdimuhamedow: Release Saparmamed Nepeskuliev
July 1, 2016
Kerry Should Speak Up for Human Rights in Central Asia
October 28, 2015