UNDP and OHCHR together with the Government reviews the draft Law on the OmbudsmanJul 11, 2016
Ashgabat, 8 July 2016: On 8-9 July 2016 at the Parliament of Turkmenistan, UNDP and OHCHR together with the members of the Working Group drafting the Law discussed article by article of the draft Law on Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman law) in Turkmenistan.
“It is important that the law does not contradict the already approved National Human Rights Action Plan, which was adopted in the beginning of 2016 and that clarifies that the Human Rights Commissioner should be established according to the Paris Principles “ said UNDP Resident Representative Jacinta Barrins.
During the workshop, participants discussed the six main Paris principles set forward to regulate the work of the Human Rights Commissioner in the country, and checked each article of the draft law against these principles. It was underlined that the new law and the articles of the revised draft of the Constitution shall be in line with each other.
The Regional Representative of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to Turkmenistan Mr. Ryszard Komenda, gave many examples from the regions on how the Paris principles were incorporated into national laws.
UNDP has already provided its recommendations, article by article, on the draft of the Constitution opened for the public discussion through local media.
Upon completion of the workshop, members of the Working Group and the Parliament are expected to finalize the draft Law on Human Rights Commissioner and send it for approval of the Cabinet of Ministers and the President of Turkmenistan.Contact information
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