Condemnation From All Quarters

by Nathan Hamm on 5/7/2005

Perhaps Turkmenbashi acts as nutty as he does in order to draw loads of attention on Turkmenistan from even the most unlikely of quarters.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) called on the government of Turkmenistan April 29 to rescind an order by President Saparmurat Niyazov to close the country’s libraries.

Calling the order “one of the most profound onslaughts on intellectual freedom rights we have witnessed in many years,” IFLA President Kay Raseroka said the action is keeping the “Turkmen population in isolation and ignorance.” IFLA is urging the government to reopen and restock the libraries, provide free internet access, and offer unrestricted access to information in accordance with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Wow, I didn’t even know there was an IFLA.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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