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Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2004 - Turkmenistan

Publisher International Federation for Human Rights
Publication Date 14 April 2005
Cite as International Federation for Human Rights, Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2004 - Turkmenistan, 14 April 2005, available at: [accessed 29 November 2015]
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Continued harassment of Mrs. Natalia Shabunts99

On 26 August 2004, members of Special Services did not allow Mrs. Natalia Shabunts, director of the human rights NGO Civic Dignity, to board a plane for northern Turkmenistan, where she was to participate in a seminar organised by the US organisation Consortium International. No explanation was provided.

On 27 August 2004, Mrs. Shabunts filed a complaint with the Ministry of National Security and requested that her name be taken off the "black list", a list of persons who are not allowed to travel freely inside of Turkmenistan or abroad.

In September 2004, reacting to international pressure, the authorities decided to allow Mrs. Shabunts to travel abroad but maintained restrictions concerning travel inside Turkmenistan.

[Refworld note: This report as posted on the FIDH website ( was in pdf format with country chapters run together by region. Footnote numbers have been retained here, so do not necessarily begin at 1.]

99. See Annual Report 2003.

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