Students of education establishments in velayats acquainted with rights of persons with disabilities

24 May 2013

imageStudents at the Dashoguz Agricultural Institute discuss barrier-free environment for people with disabilities (Photo: UNDP in Turkmenistan)

More than 80 students of Turkmenistan’s velayat-based higher education establishments such as the Mary State Power Engineering Institute, the Turkmenabat State Pedagogical Institute, the Dashoguz Agricultural Institute and the Balakanabat’s branch of the State Institute of Oil and Gas gained basic knowledge of the rights of people with disabilities in a series of workshops from 3 to 16 May.  The workshops were held at the Human Rights Resource Centres that were opened at the above institutes as part of the EU/UNDP/OHCHR Project “Strengthening national capacity of Turkmenistan to protect and promote human rights.”

During the workshops students have been able to enhance their knowledge of the core international human rights instruments and mechanisms, including the basic provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (CRPD), and better understand the importance of human rights in a modern world.

Students were also exposed to medical and social approaches to the issues related to disability as well as best practices of social empowerment of people with disabilities. In this exercise, they were able to share views on the prospects of establishing a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities in Turkmenistan in line with the CRPD principles.

The workshops’ key message was that people with disabilities are full-fledged members of society with equal rights, and that every state-party to the Convention has an obligation to create a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities in which they can fully enjoy their rights, unlock their physical, intellectual potential and have a meaningful life.

The workshops were facilitated by Ms. Branka Sesto, Project Human Rights Specialist/Team Leader and Ms. Aygul Byashimova, a national human rights expert. They were organized within the framework of the EU/UNDP/OHCHR project “Strengthening the national capacity of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights”.

This project is implemented in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan. Its overall objective is to increase knowledge on international human rights standards and mechanisms in Turkmenistan and to strengthen national capacities to promote and protect human rights in accordance with these standards.

The EU/UNDP/OHCHR project “Strengthening the National Capacity of Turkmenistan to Protect and Promote Human Rights” is implemented in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan. Its overall objective is to increase knowledge on international human rights standards and mechanisms in Turkmenistan and to strengthen national capacities to promote and protect human rights in accordance with these standards.

Contact Information

Ms. Branka Šesto, Human Rights Specialist, EU/UNDP/OHCHR project
branka.sesto@undp.org