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Development of legal capacity and institutional mechanisms

COUNTRY Turkmenistan

TYPE OF PROJECT Human rights

PERIOD January – December 2015

DONOR United Nations Development Programme

BUDGET USD 353,260

BENEFICIARY National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan (NIDHR)

Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Kyrgyz Republic Turkmenistan Tajikistan
DESCRIPTION

Project focuses on engaging the Government of Turkmenistan (GoT) on its duty and capacity to comply with its international human rights obligations and implementing recommendations of human rights treaty bodies, including the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Main implementing partner: National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan (NIDHR).

Project developed as Phase II of an EU/UNDP/OHCHR Project strengthening the national capacity of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights. Phase II focuses on:

  • Application of the human rights knowledge acquired by officials in Phase I; and
  • Implementation of recommendations accepted by the GoT during its 2013 UPR as well as other human rights treaty bodies.
Outcome:

The principal outcome of Phase II will be the GoT’s ability to credibly demonstrate, at its next UPR, the effective implementation of a broad range of accepted recommendations under the UPR and other human rights treaty bodies.

Four result areas will contribute to the achievement of this overall objective:

  • Revisiting and completing the NHRAP (National Human Rights Action Plan), which will include a specific focus on UPR implementation and be results-oriented, with clear reporting and implementation targets;
  • Advocating for human rights through the NIDHR, awareness raising on human rights among officials and general public, and monitoring implementation of human rights standards;
  • Awareness raising of Turkmen institutions, relevant stakeholders and public of newly ratified international instruments, as well as selected thematic human rights issues;
  • Providing assistance to the NIDHR in constitutional reform and learning about the best practices in the area of ombudsman.
Contact:

Implementing organisation: UNDP. Contact: Yelena Butova. UNDP Program Manager: e-mail:yelena.butova@undp.org