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UN found the government responsible for activists death in prison

The Prove They Are Alive! campaign

Statement by the Prove They Are Alive! campaign on the UN Human Rights Committee decision on Ogulsapar Muradovas case

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found the Turkmen government responsible for the torture and death of a human rights activist, the Prove They are Alive Campaign! said today. The activist, Olgusapar Muradova died in state custody in 2006, after her arrest and trial on politically motivated charges.

Finally, theres an authoritative acknowledgment of the Turkmen governments responsibility for the monstrous torture and death of Olgusapar Muradova, said Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch, member of the >>

UN Rights Committee Finds Turkmenistan Responsible for Torture and Death of a Journalist

Open Society Foundations

Photo: Annadurdy Khadzhiyev, brother of Ogulsapar Muradova

Turkmenistan was also ordered to provide the family with a full account of its investigations, including the autopsy, copies of trial transcripts, and the court verdict. The government should also take all steps to prevent similar violations.

In a grim indictment of Turkmenistans notoriously dire human rights record, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has found the government there responsible for the torture and death in custody after an unfair trial of Ogulsapar Muradova, a journalist and human rights activist who died in prison in September 2006.

Muradova had been a member and cofounder of the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation, an independent human rights group based in Bulgaria, and was also a reporter for the Turkmen service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She was arrested over her human rights work >>


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