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USCIRF Releases New Report about Religious Prisoners in Turkmenistan’s Gulag

This update describes the brutal conditions that religious prisoners face in Turkmenistan, including detention or disappearance in the country’s vast prison system. Muslims, whom the government has vaguely or falsely accused of “Islamic extremism,” represent a disproportionately high number of those who disappeared or are serving harsh sentences.

Turkmenistan Policy Update

Turkmenistan is one of the most consistent violators of religious freedom. USCIRF has recommended Turkmenistan as a Country of Particular concern (CPC) under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) since 2000. Since then, there has been no substantial progress. This report, titled "Religious Prisoners in Turkmenistan's Gulag," highlights the deeply corrupt, repressive dictatorship and the large number of peaceful religious prisoners. 


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