Turkmenistan

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3rd UPR session
Date of review: 9 December 2008
Date of report adoption: 6 January 2009
Document number: A/HRC/10/79

SUMMARY

SOGIESC issues during Turkmenistan’s 1st UPR review
Civil society submissions: ✓ (1 submission)
National report: ✘
UN information: ✘
Working group discussions: ✓
Recommendations: ✓ (2 noted)

I. SOGIESC issues/recommendations identified by NGOs
Right to privacy, marriage and family life  

15. SRI [Sexual Rights Initiative] and Labrys noted that homosexuality is criminalized and considered a mental disorder. There is a prison sentence of 2 years for homosexual conduct and people are sent for “cures” in psychiatric institutions. These punishments are also applicable to the situations of perceived homosexual behaviour. The anti-homosexuality law does not specifically mention women who have sex with women. Mainstream societal attitudes are openly homophobic, including medical educational resources and health providers’ performance. Lesbian, gay men, bisexual and transgender people are culturally invisible, stigmatized and rarely unite.

II. Excerpts on SOGIESC issues from the national report
No references.

III. Excerpts on SOGIESC issues by UN agencies
No references.

IV. References to SOGIESC issues during the Working Group review
36. Sweden also noted that consensual sexual activity between persons of the same sex is forbidden by law and asked whether the Government planned to change or repeal that law. Sweden recommended that the Government […] (b) consider legislation and/or additional policy measures to promote tolerance and nondiscrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

40. The Czech Republic […] recommended that Turkmenistan […] (e) decriminalize consensual same-sex activity between adults and take measures to promote tolerance in this regard.

V. Conclusions and/or recommendations
Turkmenistan noted the following recommendations:

Decriminalize consensual same-sex activity between adults and take measures to promote tolerance in this regard (Czech Republic);

Consider legislation and-or additional policy measures to promote tolerance and non-discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (Sweden).

VI. Further information
You will find all documents relating to Turkmenistan’s first review at UPR-Info and OHCHR’s websites.