Religious freedom conditions in Turkmenistan continue to show no signs of improvement. The government is suspicious of all independent religious activity and maintains a large surveillance apparatus that monitors believers at home and abroad. Turkmenistani law requires religious groups to register under intrusive criteria, strictly controls registered groups’ activities, and bans and punishes religious activities by unregistered groups.

Source: General of the official religious centre of Geok-Tepe, built to commemorate the brutal slaying of thousands of Turkmen, RUETERS / Zhumatov

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