UNDP and the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan take action for implementation of human rights action plan

Mar 16, 2017

Ashgabat, 14 March 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan hold trainings in five regions of the country to raise the knowledge and understanding of the judges in the field of protection and promotion of human rights.

The trainings are held with the support of the British Embassy in Turkmenistan within the new UNDP project “National Action plan of Turkmenistan in the field of the rule of law and access for justice 2016-2020”. The project is funded through the Funding Windows of UNDP that supports governance for peaceful and inclusive societies programmes.

“It is a pleasure for UNDP to participate in implementation of the National Action plan on human rights in Turkmenistan. One of the goals of the Action Plan is to promote and develop the skills of judges and legal workers. In this regard, UNDP initiated trainings held with the Supreme Court. We are also glad that the British Embassy in Turkmenistan supported our initiative,” said UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Turkmenistan Vitalie Vremis. 

The seminar held in Ashgabat brought together 25 judges, assistant judges and bailiffs from city and district courts of Ashgabat.

In total, the trainings engaged 75 judges throughout the country. During the seminar, invited experts and trainers shared their knowledge on the role of judges, existing international mechanisms and instruments in the field of human rights. 

In her introductory remarks the British Ambassador Thorhilda Mary Vivia Abbott-Watt said that the implementation of human rights legislation was important for Turkmenistan.  Britain was not here to dictate how it should be done.  This was a matter for Turkmenistan.  The British Embassy were pleased and proud, however, to be associated with this training event.  The United Kingdom had a history of the defence of human rights from as long ago as 1215, when the Magna Carta limited the powers of the king. The Bill of Rights in 1689 further protected the rights of ordinary people, giving them freedom of speech and protection from torture.”

Participants discussed obligations of Turkmenistan under international law and considered the scenarios from around the world on the issues of human rights violations suggesting solutions to them. Participants also discussed the concept and principle of independence and impartiality of the judges. 

Contact person

Yelena Butova 
Project Manager
E-mail: yelena.butova@undp.org

Selbi Hanova
Project Manager a.i.
E-mail: selbi.hanova@undp.org

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