The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on Saturday hosted a meeting of the Inter-departmental Commission on the Implementation of International Obligations of Turkmenistan in the area of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
According to the Turkmen Foreign Ministry, the heads and representatives of relevant ministries and agencies of Turkmenistan, Ombudswoman of Turkmenistan, representatives of public organizations, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Elena Panova and the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Natalya Drozd participated in the event.
Speaking at the session, the Chairman of the Inter-departmental Commission, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov briefed about the results of the work accomplished in Turkmenistan during the first half year of 2020 in regard to implementation of international obligations of the country in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law.
In this context, the participants noted the importance of the National Action Plan in the field of Human Rights for 2016-2020, National Action Plan on Countering the Human Trafficking for 2016-2020, National Action Plan on the Implementation of Children’s Rights in Turkmenistan for 2018-2022, as well as the National Strategy of Turkmenistan on the Early Development of a Child for the period of 2020-2025.
The Commission members and the representatives of international organizations then discussed further steps and priority vectors of cooperation for the second half of current year. The parties exchanged views, recommendations and proposals on the development of national programmes, plans and laws in the area of human rights protection.
The officials outlined the issue of developing the National Action Plan in the field of Human Rights for 2021-2025, raising the human rights awareness by the means of publications and printed sources, and capacity building of education sector in the area of human rights among the priority courses of action.