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Turkmenistan: Pardoning of Conscientious Objectors and Military Service Law Amendments

(Mar. 23, 2015) In February 2015, Forum 18 News Service published a report saying that for the first time for many years, “there are no longer any Jehovah’s Witnesses convicted and imprisoned in Turkmenistan as conscientious objectors.” (Felix Corley, Turkmenistan: Two Amnestied Prisoners, Conscientious Objector in Hospital, Beaten “Wahhabis,” FORUM 18 NEWS SERVICE (Feb. 18, […]

Turkmenistan: New Constitution

(Oct. 2, 2008) On September 25, 2008, a new Constitution was adopted in Turkmenistan. This new basic law of the Central Asian country stipulates that the highest existing representative body, which had passed the Constitution, is dissolved, charges a parliament with full legislative authority, and declares the establishment of a multiparty system. The Constitution provides […]

Turkmenistan: New Rules for International Exhibitions

(Aug. 29, 2008) On August 20, 2008, the office of the President of Turkmenistan announced that amendments to the nation's Law on Foreign Investment have entered into force. According to the announcement, the amendments will help to promote active collaboration with foreign investors and provide them with firm state guarantees. As an additional measure to […]

Turkmenistan: Visits to Opera and Circus Are Allowed Again

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 21, 2008, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan repealed bans on opera and circus performances established in 2001 by his predecessor, who had believed that this kind of entertainment was unsuited to the Turkmen people and who had his own views about bringing Turkmenistan back to the roots of its culture. […]