The First Ombudsperson of Turkmenistan Takes Part in the Workshop on newly-established NHRIs in Central Asia

Apr 24, 2017

Ombudsperson of Turkmenistan, Ms. Yazdursun Gurbannazarova

Astana, 20 April 2017: Exploring how national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can use their unique role and functions to drive long-term change was the focus of a two-day training workshop for newly-established NHRIs in Central Asia.

The workshop is held by the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, in partnership with the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, the National Centre for Human Rights of Kazakhstan and the OHCHR Central Asia Office.

The purpose of the workshop is to explore the topics of:

  • Advisory mandate of NHRIs
  • Educational mandate of NHRIs
  • Investigative and monitoring mandate of NHRIs
  • Engagement of NHRIs with international and regional stakeholders.

Held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 19-20 April 2017, the workshop included participants from the National Centre for Human Rights of Kazakhstan, as well as from the Ombuds Offices of Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Representatives from the NHRIs of Afghanistan and Mongolia shared their experiences of core NHRI activities, such as complaints handling, human rights monitoring and conducting a national inquiry into systemic violation of human rights.

The program was developed to support and strengthen the NHRIs of Central Asia in their engagement with governments and with regional and international human rights mechanisms.

These needs were first identified at the regional consultation for Central Asian NHRIs, held in November 2016 in Istanbul and convened by UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub and the OHCHR Regional Office of Central Asia.

The workshop was also an opportunity to promote dialogue and build relationships among these NHRIs and their regional and international partners.

Source: APF []

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