On 4-13 October 2022, a Capacity Assessment of the Ombudsperson’s Office of Turkmenistan was held at the invitation of the Ombudsman and in partnership with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The Assessment was arranged by APF, OHCHR and UNDP under the framework of the Global Principles for Assessing the Capacity of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) that was developed in 2011 by the Global Tripartite Partnership to Support National Human Rights Institutions comprised of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), UNDP, and the OHCHR.
The purpose of the Capacity Assessment was to provide a thorough analysis of the current strengths and capacity gaps of the Ombudsperson’s Office and recommend strategic priorities and actions to support it to fulfill its mandate to promote and protect human rights more effectively in line with the UN endorsed Paris Principles.
The Capacity Assessment team members consisted of representatives from the UNDP, OHCHR and the APF, including its member institution, the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia. As part of the Assessment the team held interviews with representatives of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh, the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Adalat, the law-enforcement agencies, the Ombudsperson`s Office, representatives of various government ministries, local municipalities, and public associations in Ashgabat city and in Akhal and Balkan regions.
Through research, interviews and a survey, the Capacity Assessment Team considered the mandate and functioning of the Ombudsperson, its current capacity and what it requires for its strengthening over the next 3-5 years.
The CA team will deliver a report to the Ombudsperson with recommendations on strategic priorities and actions for her consideration.
The APF, UNDP and OHCHR remain committed to supporting the Ombudsperson’s Office to implement any of the recommendations and will continue to encourage its engagement with the international human rights system.
The activities are organized within the framework of the project: "Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office of Turkmenistan" implemented jointly by the UNDP in Turkmenistan and the Office of Ombudsperson of Turkmenistan.
The Project aims to improve the system of protection, promotion, and implementation of human rights in Turkmenistan by reforming national legislation in accordance with the human rights international obligations of Turkmenistan and increasing the institutional capacity of the Ombudsperson’s Office.