Promoting Rights of Minorities in Turkmenistan

Jun 21, 2017

Ashgabat, 20-21 June 2017: National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan, the Interdepartmental Commission for Ensuring the Implementation of Turkmenistan's International Human Rights Obligations and International Humanitarian Law, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) held roundtables on human rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.

The roundtable took place within a framework of UNDP’s support to the Government of Turkmenistan in its implementation of the National Human Rights Action plan 2016-2020.

“UNDP provides technical support to the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan in implementation of the recommendations of the UN treaty bodies. We welcome steps of the Government in strengthening of the human rights in Turkmenistan including adoption of the National Human Rights Action Plan and the establishment the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights. UNDP also provides support in preparing reports to UN Treaty Bodies and periodic reviews and we aim to continue our support to strengthen institutions for protection and promotion of human rights,” stated Vitalie Vremis, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Turkmenistan.

During the roundtable, participants from the Interdepartmental commission that are tasked with implementation of Turkmenistan’s international commitments in human rights and international humanitarian law received an overview of the main concepts and international standards on protection of the rights of minorities. Participants also discussed legal and institutional mechanisms for inclusion of minorities into the work of the state institutions.

“Turkmenistan works on inclusion of the main principles of international agreements on human rights that were ratified by the Government and is always ready to learn the best practices in the field of human rights. The amended Constitution of Turkmenistan acknowledges the norms of the international law and the National Human Rights Action Plan 2016-2020 became the basis for the state’s further action in the field of human rights,” noted Begench Charyyev, Director of the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan. 

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