International Cyclists Union awards Turkmen leader with the Certificate of Appreciation
Director of the UCI David Lappartient made a speech at the opening ceremony of mass cycling race, which was timed to the World Bicycle Day in Turkmen capital.
Congratulating Turkmen leader on the celebration, the Head of International Cyclist Union noted an outstanding role of our country and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov personally in initiation of the World Bicycle Day, having expressed the delight with the scale of diplomatic work, which was supported by the UN country members.
In this regard, it was announced about the decision of the International Cyclist Union to award Turkmen leader with the Certificate of Appreciation.
Cycling received rapid development in Turkmenistan in the results of the efforts of the Head of the State as one of the President of the world who actively goes in for sports. Therefore, Mr Lappartient informed that the international Cycling Union decided to hold 2021 World Track Cycling Championship in Ashgabat.
After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave start to mass cycling race and headed the convoy.
Members of the Government of the country followed the Head of the State through parade arch, which was installed especially there. President of the ARETI International Holding I. Makarov and famous sportsmen were honoured guests of the celebration.
Having covered the distance of 15,000 meters along the Archabyl Avenue and Bitarap Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov finished at the final arch.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Co-chairmen of Turkmen – Japanese Committee for economic cooperation have online session
The Foreign Ministry hosted online meeting of co-chairmen of Turkmen – Japanese Committee for economic cooperation where expansion of interstate relations has been discussed.
It was highlighted that both sides pay special importance to regular joint sessions of the Committee, business meetings and forums, which allow finding key vectors of partnership taking into account long-term perspective. At the same time, special focus was made on the fact that goodwill and mutual interest supported by specific proposals are the platforms for further activation of established productive contacts.
Sharing the views on practical implementation of bilateral agreements reached at previous session, presence of wide opportunities was noted in the context of large-scale programmes of modernization and intensive development of national economy, its industrial sector, especially gas processing and petrochemical industries.
Projects planned to be implemented and under realization in our country with participation of leading Japanese companies have been reviewed during the session. Such spheres as transport, power energy, agriculture, health protection, communications, tourism and ecology have been noted as perspective for consolidation of efforts and interests.
With regard to transit of Turkmen economy to digital systems, the sphere of high technologies has been named among priority directions of partnership. Training of personnel including by organization of practical training and exchange of practice for personnel of different spheres were recognized as current vector of interstate dialog.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Turkmen-Afghan talks in the field of transport
On April 16, 2020, a video conference was held between the representatives of the “Türkmendemirýollary” agency, open joint-stock company “Demiryollary” and the Railway Authority of the Ministry of Transport of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The Turkmen side was headed by the Chairman of the “Türkmendemirýollary” agency A.Atamyradov. The Afghan side was led by the General Director of the Railway Authority of Afghanistan Mohammad Yamma Shams.
During the meeting, issues related to the construction of the Akina-Andkhoy railway line, the work carried out under the project for the construction of the Turgundi-Herat railway were discussed.
The participants also exchanged views on optimizing transit freight traffic and wagons passing through the IRA, further developing of the transport corridor between the Lapis Lazuli agreement participating countries. Separately, issues of obtaining visas for railway workers and other issues were considered.
Briefing dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan was held in Tbilisi
On January 17, 2020, Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held the briefing dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan.
The briefing was attended by the representatives of «TV-24», publishing group «Georgian Business Consulting Group», news agency «News Day Georgia», newspapers of «Resonance», «Multinational Georgia», «Free Georgia» and other representatives of Georgian media.
Ambassador of Turkmenistan in Georgia Mr. Dovlet Muratov noted in his speech that legal status of neutrality is the highest expression of primordial peace-loving traditions of Turkmen nation and undoubtedly, is a phenomenon in the system of international law. Adoption of Special Resolution on Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan with unanimous support of 185 member countries of the UN on December 12, 1995, has become an important event in the world politics. Repeat adoption of this Resolution on June 3, 2015, as well as adoption of the Resolution by the UN General Assembly on declaration of December 12 as International Neutrality Day eloquently testifies to the importance of neutrality in modern conditions. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov considers neutrality as a mechanism for combining geopolitical interests, an important factor in ensuring regional stability and establishing a civilized dialogue on constructive bases.
The participants of briefing were informed that in Turkmenistan 2020 was declared as a year of «Turkmenistan - Home of Neutrality».
During the briefing, Georgian media representatives noted the great importance of the international conference «Turkmenistan and International Organizations: Cooperation for Peace and Development», successfully held on January 14, 2020 in Ashgabat, with the participation of the President of Turkmenistan, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality.
Representatives of the Georgian media expressed their gratitude to the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia for organizing and conducting the briefing and congratulated Turkmen people on the jubilee date. At the end of the event, guests were offered treats including Turkmen national dishes.
China International Education College to open in Tbilisi
China International Education College is founded by China International Education Group. Various educational institutions in China, Europe and Asia are successfully operating under the umbrella of this group.
Our institute is dedicated to teaching Chinese, organizing multifaceted cultural and cognitive events that will help Georgian society to better understand Chinese culture, as well as deepen multilateral relations and cooperation between China and Georgia.
Our Institute is the first fully independent private institute of its kind in Georgia. It is worth noticing that the China International Education group is the one of the important investors in Georgia in the field of education, currently investing approximately 3 million GEL, and plans to invest in vocational education in the future.
On January 11, 2020, at 15:00, at the headquarters of the China International Education College, Andrew and Meliton Balanchivadze Ave. # 43, the official opening ceremony of the China International Education College will be held.
Invited guests are Ambassador of China to Georgia - Ms. Lee Ian, guests from Ministry of Education, state and public figures, also specially for this day, for the first time senior statesmen will come from China : Mr. Wu Ni - Director of the Institute for Education Development and Reforms of the Chinese Academy of Education, Mr. Xu Zhengzhong - Director of the Institute for Education Development and Reforms and other guests.
The following people will give speeches at the ceremony : Mr. Kang Zheng – founder of the institute, Ms. Eli Elisashvili – Director, Mr. Wu Ni and Mr. Xu Zhengzhong.
This event will also include a presentation of the first Chinese-Georgian dictionary, translated by the director of the Institute - Eli Elisashvili, published in China, and second edition will be performed in Georgia.
Forced Conversion that Violates Human Rights Becomes an International Problem
On 29 November, Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) from Italy and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) from Belgium hosted a seminar on human rights entitled “Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International Problem”.
This seminar, held in Seoul, South Korea, was devoted to the protection of the rights of religious minorities targeted by the majority groups, particularly in the context of anti-human rights situations such as the forced conversion that occurred in Korea.
Forced conversion, also known as “Deprogramming”, is a social issue that causes human rights violations by kidnapping and detaining the members of religious groups labeled as “cults” by their opponents in order to compel them to abandon their faith.
More than 80 participants including legal experts, journalists, and civil society representatives reviewed the current situation of forced conversion and discussed solutions to defend the freedom of faith and human rights that have become the norm of the international community.
Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR as well as an Italian sociologist, stressed that forced conversion is conducted through the mainstream by saying, “Korean deprogrammers are specialized pastors from the mainline churches, most of them Presbyterian."
"The protests that commemorate the victims from forced conversion were mentioned in the 2019 U.S. State Department Report on Religious Freedom, including violations of religious freedom in the year 2018. However, there were new cases of deprogramming even after their death," he criticized.
Regarding the multi-dimensional strategy to solve such phenomenon, Willy Fautré, Founder and Director of HRWF stated several suggestions; pointing at the responsibility of the leadership of the Presbyterian Church which tolerates, endorses, and maybe encourages such a practice; developing advocacy at the UN and in organs defending freedom of religion or belief; prosecuting those who encourage people to perpetrate an act of abduction and confinement.
In an open letter, signed by 15 international NGOs including CAP-LC and HRWF, to the South Korean President Moon Jae In on July 24th, it said, “South Korea may well be the last democratic country in the world where deprogramming is still tolerated” and asked the President to “investigate in-depth accusations of forcible deprogramming, put a stop to this obnoxious practice, and hold those responsible fully accountable.”
Meanwhile, South Korea was elected to serve the 5th term on the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 17th. South Korea’s mission to the UN said that it plans “to participate in the international efforts to respond to human rights crises around the world.” Participants urged the Korean government to respond to the issue of forced conversion which is still threatening the human rights of its people.