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

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.

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99. See Annual Report 2003.


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