Today, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hosted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk. The parties discussed the ways to further develop a constructive dialogue and practical cooperation between Uzbekistan and UN structures in matters of promoting interests and protecting human rights.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev commended the high level of interaction with the UN in this area achieved in recent years, emphasizing that the protection of interests and human rights was the main priority of the reform strategy in Uzbekistan, which is fully in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN High Commissioner Türk praised Uzbekistan's achievements in eliminating child and forced labor, promoting gender equality, ensuring the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law.
The adoption of the National Human Rights Education Program in the year of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ratification by Uzbekistan of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the creation of a national preventive mechanism for the prevention of torture with the participation of civil society institutions, as well as the repatriation of women and children from conflict zones were especially noted. and creation of all necessary conditions for their social reintegration.
The election of Uzbekistan to the UN Human Rights Council for 2021-2023, as well as the adoption by the Council of a number of resolutions on youth rights initiated by our country, was evidence of the wide recognition of achievements in the field of ensuring human rights.
The High Commissioner reiterated the firm determination of the UN structures to continue supporting irreversible reforms in Uzbekistan. Readiness was expressed to implement joint projects to strengthen the role of civil society institutions in monitoring human rights, training law enforcement officers and penitentiary institutions.
As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached on further strengthening the constructive dialogue and deepening practical cooperation, including through the implementation of joint programs and projects.