November 27, 2014

Turkmenistan: travel ban on students bound for foreign universities

4 Sep, 2009

The students, bound for Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and the United States, were told they did not have appropriate documents required for foreign study. The Ministry of Education issued new, burdensome guidelines, requiring: an invitation for the university where the students proposed to study; a copy of its license; verification of state-affiliation status; a copy of the contract between the student and the university; and a passport. Recent easing of these restrictions was limited to study in state-run universities, thus still preventing study at private, foreign entities.

CCS requested that the new requirements be revoked and that Turkmen students be allowed pursue their studies at both state and private universities abroad. Turkmenistan is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees freedom of movement and an individual’s right to leave the country, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which guarantees everyone the right to education, including access to higher education.