Respect and protection of human dignity is a priority of the state policy of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The participation of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council has become a historic and significant event.
For the first time on the global human rights platform, Uzbekistan was represented at the highest political level - in the person of the President of our country. Since the creation of the UN HRC in 2006, the heads of only 20 states have directly addressed the delegates to the annual sessions of the world’s main human rights body, while Uzbekistan was the first among the post-Soviet countries to use this privilege.
Taking personal participation at the 46th session of the UN HRC, Shavkat Mirziyoyev demonstrated a high degree of responsibility with which Uzbekistan treats its membership in this Organization in 2021-2023. It is also a manifestation of a serious attitude towards the great confidence that the international community has shown when for the first time our country was elected by an overwhelming majority of delegates from 169 UN member states to this authoritative interstate body.
The speech of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, which gave an official start to the work of the High Level Segment of the UN HRC, was comprehensive in nature, including both an overview of the domestic political priorities for further deepening democratic transformations in Uzbekistan, and those tasks that our country intends to assist in the UN HRC.
First of all, I would like to draw your attention to the frankness of the President’s speech. The most pressing issues were touched upon, which were previously the subject of criticism against Uzbekistan, and today are being resolved through the establishment of a direct constructive dialogue with the international human rights community.
In particular, the Head of Uzbekistan dwelled on the achievements in the eradication of forced and child labor, which became possible, among other things, thanks to mutually beneficial cooperation with the ILO and the World Bank. It is indicated that in the process of reforms, the recommendations of the UN special rapporteurs on freedom of religion, as well as on the independence of judges and lawyers who first visited Uzbekistan on an official visit in 2017 and 2019, are fully taken into account.
Moreover, the readiness to receive in Uzbekistan the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Michelle Bachelet, as well as other special rapporteurs of the Organization on various areas of human rights issues, was voiced.
In fact, all this is already an indicator of the strong commitment of the leadership of Uzbekistan to the policy of promoting and protecting human rights, emphasizes the constructive nature of the foreign policy course and the readiness of our country to continue an open dialogue and close cooperation with all stakeholders on a wide range of international human rights agenda.
The core of the President’s speech was an important message: human dignity is inviolable, respecting and protecting it is a priority of the state policy of Uzbekistan.
This was most evident in the statement of President Sh. Mirziyoyev that torture is a crime without a statute of limitations and will continue to be severely suppressed, like any other manifestation of inhuman or degrading treatment. At the same time, the readiness to ratify the Optional Protocol of the UN Convention against Torture, as well as to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to Uzbekistan for joint work, confirm the seriousness of these words.
It is also noteworthy that the Head of Uzbekistan, recognizing the universal value of human rights and freedoms, their inextricable link with peace, security and sustainable development, reiterated his decisive determination to purposefully continue the course of democratic reforms, to ensure the priority in this process of fundamental human rights and freedoms.
At the same time, the importance of comprehensive support for such fundamental human rights as freedom of speech and expression, of association, conscience and religion, and the right to a fair trial was emphasized. Special attention is paid to the issues of protecting the interests of women, children, youth, disabled people, stateless persons.
A number of relevant initiatives were put forward in this area.
In particular, it was proposed to create a Regional Council on Self-Realization of People with Disabilities, to hold in Uzbekistan the Dialogue of Women Leaders of Central Asian Countries and a regional women’s business forum. Initiatives were voiced about the organization in our country under the auspices of the UN of the Global Forum dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Education and Training in the Field of Human Rights, the World Conference on Youth Rights.
The head of Uzbekistan once again drew the attention of the international community to the importance of adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of Youth, expressed his readiness to submit a draft of this document at the jubilee Xth UN ECOSOC Youth Forum, and also initiated the establishment of the institution of the UN Special Rapporteur on Youth Rights. All this testifies to the desire to achieve the development of an international legal act that really meets the interests of young people, as well as the establishment of an effective mechanism for unconditionally ensuring that the participating States comply with their international obligations in the field of promoting and protecting the rights of the younger generation.
In general, the participation of the President at the 46th session of the UN HRC has become a clear evidence of the central role that is assigned to ensuring human rights in the formation of a new Uzbekistan, as well as a strong political will to unswervingly continue democratic transformations in full compliance with the generally recognized principles and norms of international law. open dialogue and close cooperation with the international community.
First Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Akramjon Nematov