In response to a petition filed by Freedom Now and Hogan Lovells LLP (formerly Hogan & Hartson), the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention publicly released its opinion that in arresting and continuing to detain Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadzhiev, the Government of Turkmenistan is in violation of international law. The opinion calls on the Government of Turkmenistan to release the two human rights advocates.
Freedom Now Executive Director Maran Turner stated: “In its opinion, the Working Group judged the Government of Turkmenistan’s arrest and detention of Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadzhiev to be arbitrary and affirmed that the government’s actions were a means to punish the two men for their human rights advocacy.
We urge the Turkmen government to comply with the UN decision, uphold its commitments to international law, and immediately release prisoners of conscience Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadzhiev.
Messrs. Amanklychev and Khadzhiev, both members of the human rights group the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation, were arrested in 2006.