Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Turkmenistan - COI

Bill Bowring

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

Professor Bowring is a legal academic and practising barrister with experience in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and Turkey. He is a 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 courses in international minority rights and “Taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)”, as well as other courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in international law and human rights. He has more than 150 publications including two books and is fluent in Russian. He participated in 1992 in the founding of the Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP). Until 2012 when KHRP was closed, he took many cases against Turkey to the ECtHR. He was founder in 2003 and still active in the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) taking a large number of cases against Russia and other FSU countries. He regularly provides expert evidence concerning these countries in asylum appeals and extradition cases, mostly Legal Aid (publicly funded). In all this work he complies with the Nairobi Code.

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. 

Prof Slavomír Horák

Email: slavomir [dot] horakatpost [dot] cz

Slavomír Horák is an Associate Professor of Political and Cultural Geography at the Department of Russian and East European Studies, 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. 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, Georgian and Spanish and can comprehend reading in Turkmen, Azeri, French or Ukrainian.

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: Ethnic and religious minorities, victims of domestic violence, political refugees, war refugees, mentally sick persons, health systems, political and economic environment, stateless persons, other social groups, victims of human trafficking, illegal migrants, state and citizenship, Soviet Union , post-Soviet republics, religion and security, gender and violence, legal systems, document production, assessment of documents from country of origin. 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. She had also done consultancy work for IDEA on "COVID and human rights in Eastern Europe and Baltic countries”.

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).