Turkmenistan

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#48
8

Communities at risk

Uzbeks, Russians, Kazakhs, Religious minorities

Summary

Turkmenistan ranked 48th in 2018’s Peoples under Threat index and rose eight places from 2017’s ranking. Already one of the world’s most repressive countries, Turkmenistan jumped eight places in the table. The country’s hosting of an international martial arts competition in 2017 brought a rare degree of outside attention, and was accompanied by a clampdown on civil society. Public life remains… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2018 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflictsNo data
Major armed conflictNo data
Prior genocide / politicideNo data
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0003
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance6.6
Rise of factionalized elites7.8
Voice and Accountability-2.128
Political Stability-0.312
Rule of Law-1.558
OECD country risk classification6
TOTAL10.151

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Turkmenistan ranked 48th in 2018’s Peoples under Threat index and rose eight places from 2017’s ranking.

Already one of the world’s most repressive countries, Turkmenistan jumped eight places in the table. The country’s hosting of an international martial arts competition in 2017 brought a rare degree of outside attention, and was accompanied by a clampdown on civil society. Public life remains tightly controlled, with the state punishing all unapproved forms of religious and political expression, outlawing independent human rights organizations, and jailing and torturing political dissidents with impunity. In a February show election, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was re-elected to a third term with 97.7 per cent of the vote.