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Achievements

2011. Being supported by the Government of Turkmenistan, the Central Asian Regional training on “Psychological Assistance to Victims of Trafficking” took place in Ashgabat. The regional training was organized within the framework of USAID-funded regional counter-trafficking project, inviting representatives and psychologists of NGOs and public organizations from all five (5) Central Asian countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. 

2010-2011. Two (2) Hotlines on counter-trafficking issues are established, one in Ashgabat and another one in Turkmenbat city. 

2010. The Network of CT NGO expanded up to 7 additional organizations. IOM facilitated the extension of the existing CT NGO Network in Turkmenistan and 15 NGOs and public organizations are the members of a network. 

2010-2011. Over 40 000 copies of informational materials are produced and disseminated among the population of Turkmenistan both in Russian and Turkmen languages. Materials contain information on hotline services and risks of trafficking, which are entitled as:

  • “You have been offered a job abroad”
  • “Study abroad”
  • “What you have to know if you plan to marry foreigner”
  • “Follow the tips if you plan to travel abroad”
  • “Regulations of departure and entry into Turkmenistan for Turkmen citizens”
  • “The most common consequences of illegal travel abroad”
  • “Hotline services”, calendar and flyer
  • “Safety passport”

2010. With the Support of the Government of Turkmenistan, the Study Tour to Turkey for 5 law enforcement officials of Turkmenistan was organized and conducted to share knowledge and experience on human trafficking issues with law enforcement organizations and agencies of Turkey to effectively cooperate on combating trafficking in persons.

 

2009-2010. 15 NGOs and public organizations representatives of Turkmenistan trained in capacity building trainings, such as Combating Trafficking in Person, Identification and Assistance to victims of trafficking and conducting informational and educational campaigns, particularly on TIP issues.    

2008-2010. 257 citizens of Turkmenistan were returned to home country through Assistance Voluntary Return Programs.

2005. Establishing with the State Service for Registration of Foreigners direct relations and worked up and submitted the draft of MoU for consideration. The main provisions of MoU reflect the wide-range of joint activity including trafficking in human beings

2005. Provided the Parliament of Turkmenistan, the State Service of Turkmenistan for Registration of Foreigners with set of documents for developing the national legislation in the field of trafficking in human beings.

2005. Conducted jointly with the State Service for Registration of Foreigners the seminar on trafficking in human beings for law enforcement agencies.

2005. Conducted a seminar and research on trafficking in human beings among NGO’s representatives on determine the level of awareness of NGO’s representatives in trafficking in human beings and to examine how they estimate the existence of this problem in Turkmenistan.

2005. IOM developed a brochure on trafficking in human beings especially for Turkmen law enforcement agencies.

2005. IOM office jointly with the State Service for Registration of Foreigners provided complex reintegration assistance to two Turkmen trafficking victims returned from Turkey, in cooperation with the State Service for the Registration of Aliens and a local NGO partner.

2004—2005. Within the framework of B-7 Program, directed to the countries of Central Asia, Russian Federation, Afghanistan and Pakistan and funded by EU, IOM office assisted 25 migrants from Armenia, Byelorussia and Ukraine.

2000—2005. More than 420 refugees and their families from Afghanistan, Iraq and Armenians from Azerbaijan were dispatched for permanent resistance to USA and Canada;

2004. Conducted the International Conference on trafficking in human beings "Protection of Rights of Women and Children (International and National LegalAspects)"as a follow-up and facilitated on basis of two seminars organized by IOM Ashgabat and the Ministry of Adalat (Justice) of Turkmenistan in December of 2003 within the framework of IOM’s counter-trafficking project funded by INL (US State Department Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs). Six foreign experts participated at the Conference together with over 250 participants, representing countries of Central Asia, South Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Belarus, China, Germany, India, Iran, Libya, Netherlands, Romania, Russian Federation, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, UK, USA, Vatican as well as such international organizations as OSCE, UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNODC, UNICEF, USAID, TACIS, IPPF, MSF, ABA/CEELI and other.

2004. The second stage of voluntary return: 92 Armenians, illegally lived in Turkmenistan were dispatched to their motherland.

2003. Signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister of Justice of Turkmenistan.

2003. Established the Legal Information Centre in the Ministry of Justice of Turkmenistan.

2002. After the Afghan Government’s succession, IOM in Turkmenistan according to its mandate with the Government of Turkmenistan support organized the departure the Afghan citizens to Afghanistan from the third countries trough the territory of Turkmenistan;

2002. Within the Programme on voluntary return, 104 Armenians illegally living in Turkmenistan were dispatched to their Motherland;

1998—2001. Within the Program on voluntary return 5, 000 of Tajiks were dispatched to their Motherland;

1998. Established the Information Centre in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for coordination of migration processes. IOM signed the Agreement with the Government of Turkmenistan. Contributed and facilitated in the formation of the National working group from representatives of the Parliament, MFA, MIA, MJ and the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan. The Group deals with the issues on improving the national laws on migration, elaborating the proposals on migration policy, establishing the Administrative Body on migration management for the Government of Turkmenistan.

1997. Within the framework of technical cooperation, IOM in Turkmenistan organized the First Conference among the relevant ministries on establishing the foundations of migration management in Turkmenistan;