Capital punishment in Turkmenistan

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Capital punishment in Turkmenistan was originally allowed by Article 20 of the 1992 Constitution, where it was described as "an exceptional punishment for the heaviest of crimes".[1] In December 1999, a presidential decree abolished capital punishment "forever".[2]

Turkmenistan is a member of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.[3] The death penalty was replaced with life imprisonment.


  1. ^ 1992 Constitution of Turkmenistan, unofficial English translation, University of Texas at Arlington, URL accessed 27 December 2006
  2. ^ Abolition of capital punishment in Turkmenistan, Presidential Decree 3003, 28 December 1999 (in Russian)
  3. ^ Ratification of Second Optional Protocol on abolition of death penalty