Setting the Stage for Implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan

Jul 20, 2016

Members of UNCT and Government working group discuss actions of the NHRAP / UNDP Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT, 19 July 2016 – A one-day workshop was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss and agree on the lead agency who would coordinate the implementation of each of the actions of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP), 2016- 2020. The participants included the members of the inter-ministerial Human Rights Commission working group on, NGOs, and representatives of UN agencies.

Mr. Batyr Niyazliyev, Deputy Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, in his opening speech reminded all present that we need to implement the NHRAP as part of the many human right conventions and optional protocols we have signed and ratified in Turkmenistan.

The discussions were very dynamic. By the end of the day the participants had identified the lead agencies for each action in the NHRAP and the timeframe on when the actions should be implemented.

“It is now clear what ministry or institution will lead in coordinating the implementation of each action in the NHRAP. It is great to see the implementation of human rights actions becoming the responsibility of all line ministries and other institutions and not only the responsibility of the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights and we as the UN agencies are pleased to support the implementation of this plan” said Jacinta Barrins, UN Resident Coordinator in her closing speech.

The NHRAP was approved by the President of Turkmenistan on 15 January 2016. The aim of the Plan is to improve the performance of the national bodies and public organizations of Turkmenistan in the protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms. It has a particular focus of implementing the Universal Periodic Report (UPR) recommendations provided by other member states to Turkmenistan.  

The plan is divided into several parts. The first part is on general provisions includes concrete questions and actions on ensuring constitutional rights of the citizens of Turkmenistan. The second part is on economic, social and cultural rights. The third is civil and political rights and the final part is on bringing legislation and legal practices in line with international standards and practices. Each part contains a list of activities to be implemented during the period of 2016-2020 by Line Ministries, National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights together with civil society sector, labor and professional unions, academia and others. The document also includes indicators that will help measure the progress and success of implementation of the National Action Plan 2016-2020.  The plan was developed with support from UNDP.

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