Outcomes of Regional Consultation on Regional Cooperation of National Human Rights Institutions in Central Asia

Dec 27, 2017

Under the auspices of the OHCHR / UNDP Central Asia Support Initiative for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), the Ombudsmen of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Deputy Ombudsman of Uzbekistan met in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to discuss and agree on the possibility of enhancing regional cooperation among Central Asian countries in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

As an outcome of the meeting the Ombudsmen:

●       Acknowledge that regular regional cooperation among the Central Asian NHRIs will allow sharing best practices, summarizing the progress achieved with the aim of improving measures to address pressing issues in the field of human rights in the countries of Central Asia;

●       Stress the importance of the Paris and Belgrade Principles for the further development of Central Asian NHRIs and in this context strive towards reaching Status A with GANHRI’s Sub-Committee on Accreditation;

●       Note that each of the NHRIs of the region requires individually tailored approach to build their capacity;

●       Emphasize that during the process of dialogue and mutual support between NHRIs, knowledge and professionalism, their cooperation are significantly increased, which contributes to the preparation of quality recommendations for solving issues at the national level in line with international human rights standards;

●       Recognize that previous consultations conducted by UNDP and OHCHR have contributed to the development of effective cooperation between NHRIs in the region;

●       Note that NHRIs play an important role in facilitating the implementation of the SDGs, bearing in mind that NHRIs are a bridge between state actors and civil society;

●       Welcome OHCHR / UNDP Central Asia Support Initiative for National Human Rights Institutions through the establishment of a regional cooperation platform for Central Asian NHRIs.

They agreed on the following key actions to be taken in the nearer future in order to foster regional cooperation of NHRIs within the framework of Central Asia Support Initiative for National Human Rights Institutions:

❏    Develop a roadmap for the establishment of the regional cooperation platform outlining actions at the regional and national levels;

❏    Enhance national capacity of NHRIs for their improved effectiveness and independence in line with Paris Principles;

❏    Conduct regular regional consultations to enhance cooperation and establish formal and informal communication among staff of NHRIs at all levels;

❏    Consider establishing professional networks, exchange programmes on thematic issues for professional development of the staff of NHRIs;

❏    Carry out the exchange of information about NHRIs’ activities through existing means of communication;

❏    Undertake joint activities including through exchange of information in order to ensure human rights in the countries of the region;

❏    Welcome the efforts of OHCHR, UNDP, Global Alliance of NHRIs (GANHRI), Asia-Pacific Forum (APF), European Network of the Global Alliance of NHRIs (ENNHRI) and other relevant organizations to promote regional cooperation aimed at creating more effective, independent and interrelated NHRIs Central Asia, including through the provision of comprehensive methodological and practical support.

Almaty,  Kazakhstan, 16 November 2017

Information was provided by Ainura Bekkoenova, Human Rights & Rule of Law expert, UNDP Istanbul Hub, @a_bekkoenova  



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