Ashgabat, 3 December 2018

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly with the Institute of State, Law, and Democracy of Turkmenistan facilitated a roundtable, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The roundtable was held as part of implementation of the joint project “Assistance in implementation of National Human Rights Action Plan 2016-2020” signed by UNDP and Government of Turkmenistan.

The purpose of the round table was to raise awareness of history of UDHR and how its main principles are unified into international human rights system including national legislation of Turkmenistan. The participants of the roundtables were representatives of local government (gengeshi) municipalities, lawyers, civil society organizations, and academia. During the meeting the participants focused on the universal human rights instruments to promote and protect human rights around the world.

The roundtable was inaugurated by Natia Natsvlishvili, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Turkmenistan and Deputy Director of the Institute of State, Law and Democracy.

“The UDHR, which turns 70 in 2018, was a milestone in the history of human rights. Important to note that human rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as in the absence of human dignity we cannot drive sustainable development” mentioned Natia Natsvlishvili, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Turkmenistan

Two roundtables in the framework of the national campaign devoted to the 70th anniversary of adoption of the UDHR were held Human Rights Resource centers in Mary and Turkmenabat in mid-November, which were aimed at raising public awareness of the UDHR.

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Four Human Rights Resource Centers were established in 2011-2012 as part of a joint project implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) funded by the European Union (EU) in Turkmenistan. The main aim of these centers is to raise awareness and increase understanding of people of Turkmenistan on human rights. They are open to public with access to specialized human rights literature, manuals, textbooks and other materials.  

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