10 Dec 2015
Francesca Del Mese / UNDP Turkmenistan
Francesca Del Mese is the consultant for UNDP’s project of support “Development of legal capacity and institutional mechanisms” implemented since 2015. Ms. Del Mese is an international barrister with 17 years of post qualification experience, specializing in capacity building national human rights institutions and ensuring compliance with the UN treaty monitoring mechanisms.
UNDP: What is the Common Core Document and why is it important for Turkmenistan?
Ms. Del Mese: At the international level, there are a number of UN Committees that monitor implementation of UN human rights treaties. Each UN Convention / treaty has a Committee attached to it, for example, the Committee for the Convention on the Prevention of Torture, which is made up of experts who specialize in the subject matter of the treaty. Each country that is a signatory to that Convention should report to that Committee periodically, normally every four years. This is known as the ‘reporting cycle’. Countries are obliged to write individual reports for each of the Committees, which go into depth about how the Country is implementing the specific articles of the treaty. The Common Core Document is a general report that Turkmenistan will submit to all the Committees, as it talks about the geographical, political, …