Turkmen, Danish officials consider issues of human rights

A delegation of Turkmenistan got acquainted with the experience and practices of the Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR), the UNDP in Turkmenistan reported.

The delegation also familiarized with the working methods of national human rights institutions in the context of Paris Principles, adopted in 1993 by the United Nations, during a study visit to Copenhagen in early September 2011.

During the visit, member of Turkmenistan’s delegation were briefed on the mandate of DIHR, the process of establishment of national human rights institutions in accordance with Paris Principles and independence of their work. They were also updated on the role of national human rights institutions in the Universal Periodic Review process and their cooperation with the UN treaty bodies.

The DIHR representatives shared their experience and approaches in monitoring, advising, hearing and handling of complaints, including complaints on the basis of ethnic discrimination.

The Turkmen delegation also met with the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman, who briefed them on the work of Ombudsman Office, division of responsibilities between Ombudsman and DIHR and the mandate to handle individual complaints.

The delegation comprised of members of Parliament, representatives of ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Education as well as the Institute of State and Law, the Institute of International Relations and the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.

Source: TREND