A delegation of Uzbekistan takes part in high-level segment of the UN Human Rights Council session
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 24-26 February 2020, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, headed by First Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, Director of the National Center for Human Rights Akmal Saidov, takes part in the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the UN Council Human Rights (HRC).
The program of the current session of the HRC includes a High Level Segment (HLS), at which the heads of state, government, foreign ministers of 110 countries, leaders of about 10 international and regional organizations are scheduled to speak.
The head of the delegation of Uzbekistan informed in detail about the deep transformations carried out under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, aimed at protecting human rights, first of all, ensuring decent conditions for the development of children, empowering women, and implementing the principles of gender equality.
The results of the parliamentary elections held on 22 December 2019 in Uzbekistan, which resulted in a new political atmosphere in the republic, are noted.
Attention is drawn to the fact that in the new parliament the number of women deputies is 32% of the total number of deputies of the Legislative Chamber, women senators - 25%. Thus, according to this indicator, the parliament of Uzbekistan took 37th place among 190 parliaments of the world.
In this context, it is indicated that Uzbekistan intends to continue to make progress in ensuring gender equality and to create a “zone free from discrimination” in the country.
HLS participants are informed about the key provisions of the Address of the President of Uzbekistan Oliy Majlis, which defines specific priorities for the development of the country, including in the field of human rights and freedoms.
Particular attention was drawn to the importance for the Uzbek side of expanding cooperation with the UN, including with its treaty and statutory human rights mechanisms. On 2-3 March, the Fifth Periodic Report of Uzbekistan at the Human Rights Committee will be considered.
HRC member states are invited to the upcoming Samarkand Human Rights Forum, which will discuss the draft Convention on Youth Rights.
Uzbekistan’s partners were also invited to actively participate in the implementation of joint projects within the framework of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Human Security for the Aral Sea region to address the environmental and socio-economic needs of communities living in the Aral Sea region, as well as to accelerate the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals.
The Uzbek delegation informed the session about the developed National Human Rights Strategy, which was put up for public discussion. Hope was expressed for the support and cooperation of the member states of the HRC in the implementation of the document, which will help ensure the effective implementation of the country’s international obligations in the field of human rights, as well as improve mechanisms for monitoring the observance of the rights and freedoms of citizens.
On 25-26 February, meetings of the delegation of our country with the leadership of the World Trade Organization, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as bilateral negotiations with the heads of foreign delegations are planned.