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Turkmenistan parliamentarians familiarize with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

© UNICEF Turkmenistan / 2011

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 20 April 2011 – A two day orientation workshop for twenty five parliamentarians was initiated by the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ashgabat. During the workshop legislators familiarized themselves with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Turkmenistan was the first country in Central Asia to accede to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008 and its Optional Protocol in 2010. Turkmenistan has, therefore, committed to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

The Convention marks a ‘paradigm shift’ in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not viewed as "objects" of charity, medical treatment and social protection, but rather as "subjects" with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.
In his opening remarks UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Samphe Lhalungpa said that “UNICEF’s long term partnership with Mejlis will aim to support the Government of Turkmenistan in aligning national legislation and implementation mechanisms with the Convention while giving universal recognition to the dignity of persons with disabilities, with special emphasis on children.”

Dr. Danius Puras, international expert on children’s rights and rights of people with disabilities, and facilitator of the workshop, oriented Mejlis members on the general principles of the Convention, its structure as well as national implementation, monitoring and reporting.  

Following the workshop, parliamentarians will travel to velayat centers and etraps to organize similar sessions for local government officials.     

For more information please contact:

Mr. Shohrat Orazov
UNICEF Social Policy Officer

Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova
UNICEF Communication Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/85/86
Fax: +99312 425779



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