Press Release

Promoting Human Rights education in Turkmenistan

13 October 2021

  • The United Nations in Turkmenistan organized the series of lectures for students at the University of the Humanities and Development on various aspects of human rights. This initiative is a part of promoting Human Rights education agreed between the UN Country Team and the Interagency commission on ensuring Turkmenistan’s compliance with International Obligations in the field of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

The third year students of the international public law and international private law major were familiarized core of the Human Rights, its history, principals as well as the Universal declaration of human rights. The series of lectures on the mechanisms of the UN Human Rights protection system, regional systems for the protection of human rights, Gender equality, Child’s rights, international labor law, the right to development and the Sustainable Development Goals, international system for the protection of refugees, citizenship and statelessness are carried from October 11 -20.

The speakers representing OHCHR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, UNHCR noted the importance of expanding the knowledge of Turkmen youth on Human Rights concept and it is expected that such lectures will be organized for other universities as well.

 “I was very delighted to deliver the lecture on human rights yesterday and happy to acknowledge successful commence of the joint UN initiative. I am sure that such human rights education initiatives will enrich the students’ knowledge and may be a starting point for development of the specialized course on human rights.” – Ryszard Komenda,  Regional Representative of the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for Central Asia.  

Since 2015 the UN has been supporting the development and implementation of five National Action Plans including on Human Rights for 2021-2025, on gender equality for 2021-2025, for children for 2018-2021, on elimination of statelessness 2019-2024, and on combating human trafficking 2019-2021.

Promoting Human Rights education in Turkmenistan

Yelena Butova

National Programme Officer

UN entities involved in this initiative

International Labour Organization
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations Children’s Fund

Goals we are supporting through this initiative