Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Turkmenistan - COI

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Bill Bowring

Email: b [dot] bowringatbbk [dot] ac [dot] uk

Professor Bowring is a Barrister and academic with research experience in Eastern and Central Europe. He is Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he is also the Director of the LLM/MA in human Rights. As part of the LLM/MA he teaches a course in minority rights, as well as courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in international law and human rights. He has more than 100 publications including two books and is fluent in Russian. In 2008 he became the first foreign professor since 1991 to teach in the State University in Ashgabad, the capital of Turkmenistan. There he taught a course of five lectures to students of Law and International Relations. He has always taken a close interest in Turkmenistan, and has an excellent grounding in the realities of life in Turkmenistan both under Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov during his presidency – as “Turkmenbashi” – from 1990 until his death in 2006, and under his successor Gurbanguly Malikgulyevich Berdimukhamedov, who became President on 14 February 2007.

Dr. Luca Anceschi

Email: luca [dot] anceschiatglasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk

Luca Anceschi is Lecturer in Central Asian Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. His research areas of expertise are focussed on the Politics and International Relations of post-Soviet Central Asia. Luca's first book, Turkmenistan's foreign policy - Positive Neutrality and the Consolidation of the Turkmen regime (Routledge 2008), represents the first book-length analysis of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy published in Western languages. Luca is willing to provide expert reports on Turkmenistan. He is a native Italian speaker and has advanced control of Russian.

Marjorie Farquharson

Email: mmfatblueyonder [dot] co [dot] uk

Marjorie Farquharson has worked in the field of human rights and the USSR and post-Soviet states for 30 years. She has given her expert opinion on 43 cases involving asylum seekers to the UK. She has been a freelance researcher, writer and translator since 2001 and has worked in all five Central Asian States. She has done numerous research projects for UNDP, UNHCR and Amnesty International as well as independent research on Central Asian states. She was Amnesty International's first representative in the Soviet bloc from 1994-1996 as the Director of the EU Tacis project. As a Council of Europe officer she has worked in 44 of Russia's federal regions and helped establish a regional ombudsman institution there. She is the author of several publications on Central Asia. She is capable of giving her expertise on all Central Asian states, namely, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Marjorie is not able to provide her services pro bono, however, she is willing to negotiate a fee. 

Slavomír Horák

Email: slavomir [dot] horakatpost [dot] cz

Slavomír Horák is Research Fellow at the Department of Russian and East European Studies of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. His research covers political, social and economic issues in Central Asia. He is the author of several books on Central Asian and Afghan internal development as well as numerous articles published in Czech, Russian and English scholarly journals. He particularly focuses on Turkmenistan's domestic issues, especially informal politics and state- and nation-building. He co-authored Turkmenistan under Berdimuhammedow (together with Jan Šír), published by the Central Asian-Caucasus Institute, School of Advanced and International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington, 2009. Slavomir Horak is willing to provide his services for a negotiable fee. He is a native Czech speaker, and has highly advanced knowledge in Russian and advanced knowledge in English. He has intermediate knowledge in Persia/Tajik and Spanish and is able to comprehend reading in Turkmen, Azeri, Ukrainian, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.

Dr. Rano Turaeva-Hoehne 

Email: r [dot] turaevaatgmail [dot] com

Dr. Rano Turaeva-Hoehne is a Senior Researcher affiliated at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and is a part-time lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She also is an independent expert and consultant, writing expert reports on various issues including: minority groups, religious groups and political groups; organised crime and state crime; extremism and violence; human rights violations; women issues and honour killing; human trafficking; prison conditions; disadvantaged groups (children, mentally ill, disabled, terminally ill). She has written over 100 COI reports, and compiled the Country of Origin Information on Turkmenistan for UNHCR. Her PhD was titled "Identification, Discrimination, and Communication: Khorezmian migrants in Tashkent", and her research was situated in the context of post-Soviet developments in newly independent states. She recently completed the book "Migration and Identity: Inside Uzbekistan" (2016). She is a native speaker of Uzbek and has grade 3 knowledge (on a scale of 5) of the Turkmen, Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse

Email: speyrouseatemail [dot] gwu [dot] edu

Mr. Sebastien Peyrouse is a Research Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and a Senior Research Fellow at East-West Institute in Washington D.C. Prior to joining the George Washington University and the East-West Institute, Prof. Peyrouse worked at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute& Silk Road Studies Program as well as at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm. His main areas of expertise are political systems in Central Asia, Islam and religious minorities, and Central Asia’s geopolitical positioning toward China, Russia and South Asia. Professor Peyrouse is the author of Turkmenistan. Strategies of Power, Dilemmas of Development (M. E. Sharpe, 2011), and the co-author of The 'Chinese Question' in Central Asia. Domestic Order, Social Changes, and the Chinese Factor (Hurst, Columbia University Press, 2012) and of Globalizing Central Asia. Geopolitics and the Challenges of Economic Development (M.E. Sharpe, 2012). He has also co-edited China and India in Central Asia. A new "Great Game"? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and Mapping Central Asia: Indian Perceptions and Strategies (Ashgate, 2011).