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12.05.2017, 13:24 Gundogar
Implementation of ombudsman law in Turkmenistan in focus of roundtable discussion

A high-level roundtable discussion of the implementation of the new ombudsman law in Turkmenistan, effective from 1 January 2017, and of international standards, guidelines and good practices in establishing and strengthening national human rights institutions took place on 11 May 2017 in Ashgabat, OSCE Centre in Ashgabat reported.

The discussion was co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Turkmenistan and the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.

The newly-elected Turkmen Ombudsman Yazdursun Kurbanmuradova and representatives of the Mejlis (parliament), the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan and other relevant state bodies participated in the event.

They discussed the new national legal framework and international standards and guidelines for national human rights institutions, as set by the UN Paris and Belgrade Principles. Participants also exchanged views on the role of ombudsperson in protecting the rights of children, women and people with disabilities. An international expert from Finland invited by the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat shared good practices from the OSCE region.

“The establishment of the Ombudsman institution marks an important step in strengthening democratic principles in Turkmenistan,” said Akja Nurberdiyeva, Chairperson of Turkmenistan’s Mejlis, the press release report informates. ”Today’s event will facilitate the exchange of best practices in the area of establishing and functioning of the Institute of Ombudsperson, which, in its turn, will contribute to the implementation of human rights standards Turkmenistan is committed to.”

In turn, ambassador Natalya Drozd, head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat said that “the support of the OSCE in in establishing and strengthening national human rights institutions is important for all of the Organization`s 57 participating States, since the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms is central to its comprehensive concept of security.”
06.05.2017, 16:05 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Turkmenistan's Top Prosecutor Fired For 'Failing To Fight Corruption'

Turkmenistan's prosecutor-general has been dismissed for «failing to fight corruption among law enforcement officers,» Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov said.

Berdymukhammedov harshly criticized Amanmyrat Khallyev at a State Security Council session on May 4, saying he had been «unable to prevent corruption in a timely fashion» among police and prosecutors.

Khallyev's removal from the post of prosecutor-general was approved by parliament the same day.

Berdymukhammedov also announced a formal reprimand for Interior Minister Isgender Mulikov, citing corruption among police officials.

The president also said that several other officials at the prosecutor's office and in the Interior Ministry were sacked, and urged Supreme Court Chairman Begench Charyev to examine their actions “thoroughly."

Berdymukhammedov has ruled the gas-rich former Soviet republic in Central Asia with an iron fist since the death of his autocratic predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov, in December 2006.

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