BRUSSELS, October 15. / IA "Dunyo" /. The Program Director of the European Institute for Asian Studies, Alberto Turkstra, at the request of Information agency "Dunyo", commented on the election of Uzbekistan to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), which took place during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, reports IA "Dunyo" correspondent.
"The election of Uzbekistan to the UN Human Rights Council for the first time in its history should also be understood in the context of the ongoing work carried out by the Uzbek authorities in recent years to strengthen the legislative and institutional framework for the protection of human rights in Uzbekistan, with particular attention to the rights of youth and women, the expert said. ... “In particular, this includes the National Human Rights Strategy, which was approved by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev this year, along with a roadmap for its implementation, and which aims to improve the country's efforts to protect and promote the human rights of its citizens. Uzbekistan’s election is also a recognition of the concrete steps Uzbekistan has achieved in the eradication of child and forced labour from the cotton fields.
Besides, in recent years Uzbekistan has also built experience by hosting large-scale fora devoted to human rights such as the Asian Human Rights Forum which took place in 2018 in Samarkand and the two-day online forum focusing on the rights of youth – the Samarkand Forum on Human Rights – which was held in August 2020 with over 1,000 participants from around the world attending virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In short, we can see that Uzbekistan’s election to the UNHRC is an acknowledgement of Uzbekistan’s steady and progressive journey on the human rights front and a recognition of its efforts in the promotion of human rights bоth at home and abroad. This experience will surely further help Uzbekistan to mainstream human rights into all spheres of its domestic and foreign policy. High expectations are placed on Uzbekistan for its 3-year term, but we are sure that Uzbekistan will deliver".
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