Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 17 / Trend , G.Hasanov/
Participants in a seminar organized today by the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat discussed how to promote the role of National Human Rights Institutions in dealing with human rights complaints, the organization released.
The one-day seminar, organized by the OSCE Centre in co-operation with Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry and the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan, brought together more than 30 participants representing governmental agencies and other institutions that are tasked with addressing human rights complaints.
"The OSCE Centre supports the Government's efforts to pursue comprehensive reforms following the principles of rule of law and protection of human rights," said Ambassador Arsim Zekolli, the Head of the OSCE Centre. "This seminar contributes to understanding of the crucial role domestic mechanisms can play in addressing human rights complaints."
Speakers from Azerbaijan, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden as well as from Turkmenistan shared experiences and best practices on how national institutions handle human rights complaints. The international legal framework related to the status and functioning of national institutions for protection and promotion of human rights also was presented.
The seminar will be followed by a technical meeting with the staff responsible for handling of individual complaints at the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights. That meeting aims to discuss what additional activities could be organized to further enhance the capacity of the Institute to deal with individual complaints.