Assistance in implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan of Turkmenistan 2016-2020

What is the project about

The project supports the Government in the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan 2016-2020 (NHRAP), approved by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on January 15, 2016.

Together with the national partner the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan (NIDHR), UNDP implements a joint project to support the Government to meet Turkmenistan’s human rights commitments and UN Treaty Body obligations, to improve the national capacity in implementation of recommendations by UN human rights Treaty Bodies, promote and protect rights. 

National Human Rights Action Plan

is the result of collaboration between the Government of Turkmenistan and UNDP and is largely based on the recommendations that Turkmenistan received as the result of the Universal Periodic Review in 2012, as well as recommendations of Committee on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD),  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,  UN Committee Against Torture UNCAT.

The main principle of the Plan is to further improve mechanisms on promoting and protection of human rights. The Plan emphasizes the importance of Turkmenistan's commitment to international, regional and national standards in the area of human rights and serves as a specific guide to action.

Expected outputs

In 2016 the project is focused on development of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for implementation of interventions identified NHRAP. The M&E Framework will contain clear indicators, targets, timeline for implementation, and identify parties responsible for implementation of its parts.

The project activities are also aimed at strengthening capacity of public organizations and promoting a dialogue between Government and civil society. Special attention is given to awareness-raising on human rights issues among government agencies and public.

UNDP provides technical assistance to NIDHR in preparation of national periodic reports to UN human rights treaty bodies, such as CERD, ICESCR, UNCAT and UPR.

The project partners with the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan in capacity development of judges on international humanitarian law and international obligations of Turkmenistan in the area of human rights.


The main outcome of the Project will be Government of Turkmenistan demonstrating at its next UPR its whole-of-government rights-based approach to its laws and policies and credible implementation of a broad range of UPR accepted recommendations.

Who Finances it

Donor Amount contributed, USD
UNDP 131,320.00
Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of UK 6,007.1 
Total budget 196,522.59

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