Report presented to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT)

05/05/2011
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On the occasion of the review of Turkmenistan by the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) along with two Turkmen NGOs (Turkmenistan’s Independent Lawyers Association and Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights) will present a report to the Committee, on May 17 and 18, 2011. This report indicates the non-compliance of Turkmenistan with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment (CAT).

REPORT


Alternative NGO report to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), 2011
Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR)
Turkmenistan’s Independent Lawyer Association (ILA)
with the support of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

This report focuses on the use of torture and ill-treatment in closed institutions in Turkmenistan, and states that while most of these mistreatments occur in prisons, detention facilities and in the military, they allegedly serve as «prevention measures».

FIDH and its partner organisations in Turkmenistan request the authorities to :

- Cooperate with the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and with OHCHR by responding to the questionnaires and questions sent to Turkmenistan by those mandate-holders;

- Consider ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and establish its national preventive mechanism according to the Protocol;

- Eliminate the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman degrading treatment or punishment in places of detention;

- Grant regular access to detainees to ICRC, according to the usual terms of the
Committee, as well as to international monitors;

- Take steps to ensure greater independence of the judiciary, including through the establishment of a constitutional court and ombudsman system;

- Increase its efforts to eradicate impunity for torture and other ill treatment, and to initiate thorough, impartial and independent investigations into all such allegations, and that alleged perpetrators are brought to justice.

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