On 28 November, as part of the British Embassy-funded project aimed at supporting the implementation of Turkmenistan’s National Human Rights Action Plan 2016-2020, the Embassy and UNDP organised an intellectual contest among the students of Turkmenistan’s three leading universities, namely the Turkmen State University, the Institute of International Relations under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the International University of Humanities and Development.
The event, which was formally endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, was held within the framework of the national campaign dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It was organised to increase human rights knowledge and awareness of the values enshrined in the UDHR among the students and their professors.
Key to success of the competition was dexterity, speed, deep knowledge of international and national law, international conventions, declarations and covenants on human rights. As a result of an exciting competition, the students of the Institute of International Relations won! The future diplomats were able to distinguish themselves not only with their good knowledge, but also with brilliant acumen.
At the end of competition Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Turkmenistan Miss Thorda Abbott-Watt sincerely congratulated the winners and advised them to practice the invaluable human rights knowledge they gained in real life. The Ambassador then awarded the winners with certificates and prizes.
Similar “Brain Rings” were also conducted among university students in Mary and Turkmenabad as part of the project.
The British Embassy will continue to support the Turkmen government in the implementation of its National Human Rights Action Plan 2016-2020 and promoting human rights in Turkmenistan.