Turkmenistan students’ intellectual game celebrates the victory of Human Rights
A sense of pride, joy and intellectual satisfaction prevailed in the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights of Turkmenistan where on 9 December students of major universities of the country competed for a winner’s cup by answering sophisticated questions on human rights. The intellectual game was devoted to the celebrations of the Human Rights Day in Turkmenistan under the motto “EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS FOR EVERYBODY”. The event also brought together faculty members of the universities, National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights staff and representatives of the UN agencies in Turkmenistan, who together with students commemorated the day of adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Questions ranging from human rights instruments and United Nations agencies’ work to Turkmenistan human rights legislation stirred a genuine interest and hot discussions among competing teams and observers in the room. In a dynamic battle the cup went to the students of the Institute of International Relations under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
Director of the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights of Turkmenistan Yazdursun Gurbannazarova and UN Resident Coordinator Jacinta Barrins opened the event and highlighted the joint efforts of the Government of Turkmenistan and United Nations agencies and affiliates, such as UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UNRCCA, WHO, IOM, and World Bank, in creating enabling legislative, policy and institutional environment for everyone in Turkmenistan to enjoy human rights.
In her opening speech UN Resident Coordinator Jacinta Barrins emphasized the importance of human rights and gave vivid examples of what human rights meant for different members of society, such as “a woman-head family who has equal rights to develop her village and benefit the results of the economic and social development or a boy born with impaired hearing ability who can go to school as his peers.” Ms. Jacinta Barrins also called students as the future of the country to think of what they can do to contribute to the further promotion and protection of human rights in Turkmenistan.
“Turkmenistan has ratified major international human rights treaties on the rights of women, children, and people with disabilities. Turkmenistan’s national legislation was also revised to comply with the provisions of the international human rights treaties,” stated Ms. Yazdursun Gurbannazarova. “The National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights has a constructive partnership with UN agencies to strengthen the legal base of Turkmenistan which takes into account the enjoyment of rights by everyone in our society,” she added.
The lively event was organized jointly by the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights, UNDP project on Human Rights and UN agencies represented in Turkmenistan.
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