Shavkat Mirziyoyev's speech at the UN


Speech by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Dear Chairman Najot Shamim Khan ladies!

Dear High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet!

Ladies and gentlemen!

Today, Uzbekistan is participating in this meeting for the first time as a member of the Human Rights Council.

I would like to emphasize that in recent years we have been striving to become a member of the Council with a full sense of responsibility.

Our democratic reforms are aimed at building a new Uzbekistan, and these changes have become irreversible.

We are the United Nations "Encouragement for Human Rights" We will continue to work closely with Council members, all our partners, to promote the initiative.


Dear participants of the conference!

Further deepening of democratic changes in Uzbekistan and the priorities of our work within the Council are as follows.

First, ensuring fundamental human rights and freedoms is at the forefront of reforms in Uzbekistan.

The Sustainable Development Goals until 2030 will be implemented on the basis of the principle of "no one is left out", which aims to ensure the rights and legitimate interests of everyone in our country.

It is about the implementation of the National Human Rights Strategy, developed with the active participation of experts from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Secondly, we will continue to work hard to radically increase the role of women in the socio-political life of our country and in the field of business on gender policy issues.

This year, we plan to hold a dialogue of leading women of Central Asian countries and a regional business forum for women in Uzbekistan.

Third, serious attention will be paid to ensuring the rights of persons with special needs.

Recently, a new law on the rights of persons with disabilities came into force. The Uzbek parliament is expected to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

We propose to establish a Regional Council for people with disabilities to realize their full potential.

Fourth, the protection of the rights of young people, who make up more than half of our population, has always been in the center of our attention.

This year in Uzbekistan “The year of youth support and public health”Was announced.

In this regard, we:

- Holding a world conference on youth rights under the auspices of the United Nations;

- Presentation of the draft Convention on the Rights of the Child at the Tenth Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council;

We are also preparing to introduce the establishment of a special rapporteur on youth rights.

Fifth, we work with the International Labor Organization and the World Bank we have done great work to end forced labor and child labor. This has been one of our most significant achievements in reform.

In 2021, the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor, we will adopt a law on the Ombudsman for Children.

Sixth, we propose to hold a global forum with the Office of the High Commissioner to mark the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Education.

In order to develop the education system, we want to contribute to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Human Rights.

Seventh, His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General We support the proposal to take drastic measures to reduce the number of stateless persons.

Last year alone, 50 of our compatriots were granted Uzbek citizenship, and this year more than 20 will be granted citizenship.


Ladies and gentlemen!

Not content with the results we have achieved, we will continue to do so We are determined to further develop civil society institutions and provide full support for freedom of speech in Uzbekistan.

At the same time, codes on non-governmental non-profit organizations and the media are being developed.

We have taken into account the recommendations of the Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Independence of Judges and Advocates.

We invite the Human Rights Council to consider the development of universal principles for the work of the Council of Judges.

Introduction of a national preventive mechanism for the prevention of torture within which we undermine human dignity, which is contrary to humanity we will no longer absolutely tolerate any form of torture. Punishment is inevitable for them, regardless of when such crimes were committed.

We ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

We are preparing to invite a special rapporteur on torture to Uzbekistan to work together on these issues.


Dear participants of the meeting!

Uzbekistan remains committed to its international human rights obligations.

At the same time, we are well aware that we are still at the beginning of a huge path in human rights and look forward to the support of our international partners. In this regard, we look forward to the visit of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to our country.

In this regard, we decide to send a permanent invitation to all representatives of the mandate to visit Uzbekistan.

We are also ready to assist in the creation of a regional human rights mechanism in Asia on the basis of a regular platform - the Samarkand Forum.

Dear friends!

The 75-year history of the United Nations has clearly demonstrated that human rights are a universal value. Without this priority, peace, security and sustainable development will not be possible on earth.

At the end of my speech, I would like to emphasize once again: As a member of the Human Rights Council, Uzbekistan strongly defends and actively promotes the universally recognized principles and norms of international law on human rights.

Thank you for your attention.



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