Farid Tuhbatullin is Chair of Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights [TIHR], an activist group that gathers independent information on the state of human rights in Turkmenistan. He is also editor of the website Chronicles of Turkmenistan, which disseminates the group’s findings to the international community.
Imprisoned in 2002 following a crackdown on opposition and civil society leaders, Tuhbatullin was forced upon his release to flee Turkmenistan for Vienna, from where he directs TIHR. The author of numerous reports commissioned by multilateral organizations, including the Human Rights Council, he has been a leading figure in bringing the world’s attention to human rights violations in Turkmenistan.
Tuhbatullin was a Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy from March 2010 to July 2010.