Concluding observations for 68th Turkmenistan Report on the OPAC


Adopted by the Committee: 12-30 January 2015

Published by the Committee: 4 February 2015

Issues raised:


The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, in March 2005 (para.4).

Military schools:

The Committee is concerned that students below 18 years of age enrolled in specialized military schools or higher military academies may be subjected to military discipline and punishment and that discipline is not administered in a manner consistent with the child’s human dignity. Moreover, the Committee is concerned about: The lack of data on the number of specialized military schools and higher military academies in the State party, as well as the absence of disaggregated data (by sex, age, region, rural/urban areas and social and ethnic origin) on the students attending these military schools and academies; and, the lack of access to an independent complaints and investigation mechanism for students below 18 years of age (para.14).

Children in hostilities:

The Committee is concerned that the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18 years in hostilities both by the State armed forces and non-State armed groups is not explicitly criminalized by the State party’s legislation. The Committee is also concerned that the recruitment of children below the age of 15 has not been defined as a war crime in the State party’s legislation (para.16).

Child victims:

The Committee is concerned about the lack of mechanisms for ensuring the early identification of refugee, asylum seeking or migrant children who may have been recruited or used in hostilities abroad. The Committee also regrets the lack of information on the steps taken by the State party to provide for their physical and psychological recovery and rehabilitation and to promote their reintegration into society (para.20).





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