An OSCE-organized seminar aimed at improving collaboration on human rights promotion and protection in Turkmenistan was held in Ashgabat on 12 and 13 November 2019.
Representatiýes from local ministries and bodies including the Ombudsperson’s Office, the Ministry of the Interior, the Mejlis (parliament), the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Justice, the Bar Association, the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan, attended the seminar.
Experts from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) shared the experiences of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from around the world, offering a comparative perspective on their work, especially in reaching out to different stakeholders. The seminar also drew on international standards pertaining to NHRIs and best practices from the OSCE region.
Y.Gurbannazarova, the Ombudsperson of Turkmenistan, attended the opening of the event. She highlighted her Office’s co-operation with the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat and the latter’s continued support for their activities.
A representative of the Ombudsperson’s Office made a presentation on the law, mandate and resources of the Ombudsperson, as well as its co-operation with other national institutions and international organizations.
On the second day of the event, ODIHR experts divided participants into working groups in order to foster the exchange of views between the Ombudsperson’s Office and other institutions and enhance channels for co-operation. Group discussions allowed participants to reflect on ways to protect and promote human rights more effectively in Turkmenistan.