National stakeholders familiarized with a review process of National Human Rights Institutions
National stakeholders reviewed international best practices and methodologies of the structural review of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) during the round table, which took place on 11–12 February in TNIDHR.
Representatives of TNIDHR, Mejlis of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institute of the State and Law under the President of Turkmenistan, National Centre of Trade Unions, Women’s Union and Youth Union participated in a 2-day discussion of the key structural review methodologies of NHRIs, international best practices, and lessons learnt.
“This Round table was organized to present international best practices and lessons learnt in the process of NHRIs’ self-assessment to let national representatives make its own “menu” on the basis of proposed “dishes”, expressed Ms. Jacinta Barrins, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan.
This Round table is a very important step to support the government’s effort to follow up recommendations of the 2nd round of Universal Periodic Review of the country held in last April. The recommendations, among others, encourage the government to strengthen the TNIDHR’s capacity with the purpose of improved compliance with the Paris Principles, related to the status of NHRIs. An institutional review or assisted self-assessment will enable NIDHR to review its capacity in fulfilling its mandate – human rights promotion; complaints resolution; research, human rights policy analysis. The results of the review will allow developing recommendations for further institutional capacity building of the Institute.
“A lot of countries have experience in NHRIs’ review, but we considered 3 most effective methodologies and discussed which of them is the most appropriate to be adapted for TNIDHR’s self-assessment process“, commented Mr. Richard Carver, UNDP international expert on institutional review of NHRIs who facilitated the Round table.
The activity was organized in the framework of the project “Strengthening the national capacity of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights” (an interim phase), implemented jointly by UNDP and TNIDHR, and financially supported by the US Embassy in Turkmenistan. Further support in the review and capacity building process is planned to be provided in short- and medium-term perspectives.
Mr. Azat Atajanov