On August 21-22, a Dialogue between Turkmenistan and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is expected to be held in Geneva. The theme of the Dialogue is the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
On the eve of this event, with the support of UNDP, a working meeting was held to discuss the preparation of the government delegation for the Dialogue with CERD. The meeting was held at the Institute of State, Law and Democracy of Turkmenistan.
The participants of the meeting were members of the government delegation of Turkmenistan, who will take part in the Dialogue with CERD, as well as UNDP international expert George Tugushi.
The importance of the upcoming Dialogue is to demonstrate Turkmenistan's compliance with the obligations under the Convention, as well as to present the results achieved since the previous report.
The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is a third-generation human rights instrument and obliges its parties to eliminate racial discrimination and promote understanding among all races.
Turkmenistan ratified the Convention on September 23, 1994 and submitted several reports on its implementation. The latest national report (twelfth and thirteenth) covers the period from 2016 to 2019 and contains information on the main legislative, judicial, administrative and practical measures to comply with the provisions of the Convention, according to a UNDP press release.