Turkmenistan Prepares Reports on International Conventions and PactsNov 1, 2017
Ashgabat, October 31, 2017: The Interdepartmental Commission for Ensuring the Implementation of Turkmenistan's International Human Rights Obligations and International Humanitarian Law, UNDP and OHCHR conducted round table dedicated to the Follow-up to concluding observations under three UN treaties ratified by Turkmenistan, namely International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights , Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The follow-up procedure has become an integral part of the reporting cycle.
As Director of the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights Begench Charyev noted, “the new version of the Constitution of Turkmenistan puts the rule of law at the top and recognizes the supremacy of international law. One example of the policy of promoting human rights is the creation of the Human Rights Ombudsman and the election of the first ombudsman in March 2017”.
The participants of the round tables reviewed the technical requirements of reporting to UN treaty bodies under its follow-up procedure, discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the new simplified reporting procedure, familiarized themselves with the criteria of assessing information provided by State parties as the upcoming deadlines of reports under UN treaty bodies.
“Turkmenistan has significantly improved the practice of cooperation and reporting to the UN Treaty Bodies. The country is a party to 9 out of 10 international conventions on human rights and responsible in terms of reporting. Today it is important to pay attention to the implementation of the recommendations of the UN committees. We are very pleased to be partners of Turkmenistan in this process together with OHCHR," said Elena Panova, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan.
The meeting was organized by UNDP and OHCHR’s Treaty Body Capacity Building Programme aimed at providing expert advice and technical support to the Inter-Ministerial Commission and the Human Rights Reporting Working Group and the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.Contact information