Draft Bill of Turkmenistan On Ombudsman was submitted for consideration of the parliament during the 17th session of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan on November 23. Speaking of the importance of this bill, which was developed by the initiative of president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the participants highlighted that implementation of democratic reforms is one of key directions of the state policy of Turkmenistan at modern stage. Having ratified the most important conventions of the United nations Organization including in the human rights sphere, our country undertakes practical measures for realization of the provisions of these documents. At the same time, special attention is paid to implementation of standards of international humanitarian law into national legislation and law enforcement practice.
The Law defines the rights, responsibilities, main directions and guarantees of the activity of the Ombudsman as well as his powers. The position of the Ombudsman, which is authorized representative for the human rights in Turkmenistan, is established in accordance with the Constitution of the country for provision of guarantee of the state protection of the rights and freedoms of human and citizen, their observance and respect by the state power bodies, local administrations and Government officials.
Debating the Draft Bill of Turkmenistan On the Mental Health Care, the deputies highlighted that it oriented at definition of legal and organizational basis of the state regulation in provision of psychiatric care and provision of citizens' rights for such care.
Reviewing the Draft Law of Turkmenistan On National Art of Turkmenistan the parliamentarians noted that cultural heritage of Turkmen people includes unique works of verbal folklore, excellent samples of musical, visual, decorative and applied arts, original national customs and rites, which were carried through the centuries and carefully preserved in our days. In this context, the importance of new Law, defining legal, economic and organizational foundations of the revival, protection, development and support of folk art, was highlighted.
There was interesting exchange of the opinions during discussion of the project of new edition of the Law of Turkmenistan On Food Security. The document covers broad spectrum of issues related to provision of food independence of the country, proper level of production of vital food items and materials, state guarantees of physical and economic availability of food for all population in the amount necessary for active and healthy life. The Law stipulates development and implementation of economic, organizational, legal, and other measures aimed at prevention of food crises, satisfaction of population's requirements in vital food products in accordance with rational nutrition norms.
There was Draft Law of Turkmenistan On Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan in new edition, which defines legal basis of activity, rights and responsibilities, process of appointment, release and withdraw of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan, among the documents present for adoption of the Mejlis.
The deputies also reviewed Draft Laws On Amendments and Addendums to the Code of Turkmenistan on Administrative Offences, On Amendments to the Criminal Code of Turkmenistan, On Amendments to the Penal Enforcement Code of Turkmenistan, On Amendments and Addendums to Certain Legislative Acts of Turkmenistan, On Amendments to the Family Code of Turkmenistan, On Amendments and Addendums to the Law of Turkmenistan On Diplomatic Service and other.
By the outcomes of the session, the deputies of the Mejlis approved and adopted unanimously new bills.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper