On april 12, 2022, heads and representatives of a number of state institutions, public organizations, information centers for human rights in the velayats, the media, employees and experts of UNDP took part in a hybrid seminar “The Constitution of Turkmenistan - the guarantee of human rights and freedoms”. The event was organized as part of the Project “Assistance in the realization of the National Action Plan of Turkmenistan in the field of human rights for 2021-2025” by the UNDP Representative Office in our country and the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan.

The agenda includes a wide range of issues related to the constitutional guarantees of human rights and the mechanisms for their implementation in Turkmenistan, carried out by UNDP projects to fulfill the international obligations of our country in this area.

In this regard, the speakers highlighted with satisfaction that national human rights institutions are successfully operating in Turkmenistan, such as the Institute of State, Law and Democracy, the Interdepartmental Commission on the Implementation of Turkmenistan’s International Obligations in the Field of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, and the Ombudsman’s Office.

The theme of protecting human rights is reflected in all national programs and plans. The commitment of our country to dealing with issues in this area is confirmed by the “Program for Socio-Economic Development of the Country for 2019-2025”, the Program “Revival of the New Epoch of the Powerful State: the National Program for Socioeconomic Development of Turkmenistan in 2022-2052”.

Due to the successful carrying out of fundamental reforms and the implementation of the “National Action Plan of Turkmenistan on Gender Equality for 2021-2025”, the “National Action Plan for Human Rights in Turkmenistan for 2021-2025”, the “National Action Plan for the Realization of Children’s Rights in Turkmenistan for 2018–2022”, “The National Plan of Turkmenistan on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for 2020–2022”, progress has been made in this area that was recognized by the world community.

Particular emphasis in the reports was on the fact that enshrining the priority of universally recognized standards of world law in the Basic Law creates the necessary legal prerequisites and conditions for the integration of our country into the system of international relations and cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

In this context, the importance of the established constructive partnership with the United Nations and its divisions was emphasized. In recent years of bilateral cooperation positive experience has been gained in the implementation of joint projects and programs aimed at further strengthening democratization and the rule of law, human development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

During the seminar, reports were also made on the importance of digitalization in reforming public administration, current trends in the development of human rights education in Turkmenistan, and the role of public associations in ensuring human rights.