Appeal for support for Muradova’s family now under threat from government

first_img Organisation RSF_en TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries March 31, 2020 Find out more News Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan News The Turkmen government’s harassment of the relatives of Radio Free Europe correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova is now greater than at any time since she died under torture in prison. Reporters Without Borders fears they could suffer the same fate as her or could be sent into internal exile, and it calls on the international community to keep up the pressure. Receive email alerts read in Russian Reporters Without Borders said today it was “extremely alarmed” by the threats hanging over the relatives of Radio Free Europe correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova – who died under torture in a Turkmen prison earlier this month – and the two others journalists and human rights activists imprisoned with her, Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khajiyev.“This case must not be forgotten, as it would just make matters easier for the Turkmen authorities,” the press freedom organisation said. “We fear that Muradova’s children could suffer the same fate as she did, or could be deported to a location that is unknown to anyone but the police. We call on the international community to put pressure on the Turkmen government.”According to information received by Reporters Without Borders, President Nyazov has ordered that the families of all three journalists should be transferred to an unknown location by mid-October.Muradova’s three children are currently cut off from the outside world, as both their fixed-line and mobile telephones and those of their friends have been disconnected. Their home is under active surveillance by the security services and it is virtually impossible for them to move about. They have been fired from their jobs and have no funds.Muradova, Amanklychev and Khajiyev were arrested between 16 and 18 June for helping a French TV production company journalist, and were sentenced at a summary trial on 25 August to prison terms ranging from 6 to 7 years on trumped-up charges of “illegal possession of ammunition.” Muradova, 58, died as a result of beatings she received while in prison September 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal for support for Muradova’s family now under threat from government Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan News Help by sharing this information News to go further March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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