Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change
Turkmenistan: New Chief for State's Human Rights Body
Kurbannazarova, 42, a lawyer and former member of parliament, succeeds Shirin Ahmedova, who headed the state human rights agency for more than three years.
Two weeks earlier, Ahmedova, a former governor of the Mary region and long-serving justice ministry official, was elected to the Turkmen parliament. This is being seen as a promotion, as she is regarded as an experienced and trusted official.
“When Shirin Ahmedova started working as director of the National Institute for Democracy, there were only positive references about her”, says an NBCentral Asia observer in Ashgabat. “Many people are wondering why Yazdursun Gurbannazarova was appointed to this position”.
The National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights operates under the president’s office, and was established in 1996 “to strengthen democratic institutions in the state and society, ensure respect for constitutional human rights, individual liberties, and the fulfilment of Turkmenistan’s international commitments”.
- Europe & Eurasia
- Latin America
- Middle East & North Africa
- Focus Pages
- Training & Resources
- Print Publications
- IWPR Spotlight
As coronavirus sweeps the globe, IWPR’s network of local reporters, activists and analysts are examining the economic, social and political impact of this era-defining pandemic.
The effects are proving particularly acute in countries already under stress - whether ethnic division, economic uncertainty, active conflict or a lethal combination of all three.
Our unparalleled local networks, often operating in extremely challenging conditions, look at how the crisis is affecting governance, civil liberties and freedoms as well as assessing policy responses to tackle the virus.