Prisoner of Conscience Freed, but Remains under Restrictions Jehovah's Witness and prisoner of conscience Vladimir Nuryllayev was freed from Ovadan-Depe Prison in Turkmenistan on May 17, Forum 18 News Service reported. However, he remains under restrictions, having to report to police up to three times a week. Nuryllayev was freed under an amnesty, having been originally arrested in November 2011 and in January 2012, sentenced to four years imprisonment. Another Jehovah's Witness prisoner of conscience Sunet Japbarov – a conscientious objector to compulsory military service - has been freed from labor camp at the end of his 18-month sentence. Their release leaves six known Jehovah's Witness prisoners of conscience, five of them conscientious objectors and one - Aibek Salayev – sentenced, like Nuryllayev, on charges of "spreading pornography." There are also an unknown number of Muslim prisoners of conscience. Another conscientious objector, Ashgabad-based Juma Nazarov, was arrested on May 10 and faces criminal charges.
Source: Forum 18
Turkmenistan Approves General Program for Development of Juvenile Justice
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov signed the decree “On approval of the General Programme of Turkmenistan on development of the juvenile justice system.” The draft program was developed jointly with UNICEF, with the active participation of law enforcement bodies and national public associations, “taking into account the key priorities of Turkmenistan's policy and the universal norms of international law in this area.”
Sources: Turkmenistan.ru, Trend.az