UNDP to Launch Cooperation on Access to Justice in Turkmenistan

Jan 17, 2017

Ashgabat, 11 January 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and representatives the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan and the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan met to discuss cooperation in implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) for 2016-2020 in the area of rule of law and access to justice.

During the meeting results of the past collaboration were presented and prospects for future work in support of implementation of the NHRAP by the Supreme Court and other counterparts within the judiciary sector.

“We as UNDP are happy to start the work with the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan. In the past, we have cooperated with the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights and the Inter-departmental Commission for Treaty Bodies and International Humanitarian Law, which resulted in adoption of NHRAP and the Law on Ombudsman (2016). Turkmenistan has also significantly improved its reporting to UN Treaty Bodies. Jointly with our national partners we now aim at introducing a new sphere of cooperation which is access to justice. It shall bring the signed plans and laws into life and support Turkmenistan’s efforts in promotion and protection of human rights,” stated Vitalie Vremis, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.

The new cooperation will offer training opportunities for judges and lawyers, expert advice in further developing the legislation of Turkmenistan to bring it in line with international obligations of the country, and will develop the use of information and communication technologies within the local courts in order to provide better services to the population.

“Turkmenistan has joined many international conventions and agreements and implements them with due diligence into the national legislation. In January 2016, Turkmenistan adopted NHRAP, in November 2016, the Law on Ombudsman. These laws and their implementation will help reform and introduce international standards on human rights into all spheres of work of Turkmenistan. We are glad to see UNDP as a close partner in this work and we are committed to support the new project,” said Batyr Orazov, Representative of the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan.

The new project to be started by the end of February 2017 will have a budget of $700,000 to be financed by UNDP and the Government of Turkmenistan for a period of three years.

Contact information

Yelena Butova
Project Manager
E-mail: yelena.butova@undp.org

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