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NEWS AND EVENTS
May 29, 2013
UN Assistant Secretary General Visits Uzbekistan
Members of the United Nations delegation headed by UN Assistant Secretary General for human rights Ivan Simonovic on visit in our country met with the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Bahodir Matlubov on May 27.

It was noted during the conversation that under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, a special significance in the process of building a constitutional democratic state in Uzbekistan and a robust civil society has been attached to securing human rights, and that a national law system based on the principle of priority of human rights has been instituted in the country. The Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan stipulates that the human being, his/her life, freedoms, honor and dignity as well as other inalienable rights are the highest value. Our country has acceded to conventions, international treaties and agreements in human rights and has been true to the commitments deriving from them.

During the discussion held at the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Uzbekistan the guests were introduced to the law enforcement system in our country and the extensive efforts being undertaken by agencies of the interior in ensuring human rights.

“The goal we pursue from this trip – itself a logical extension of the visit paid by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Uzbekistan in April 2010 – is to directly get familiar with the reforms embarked on in this country designed to secure human rights and human interests,” Ivan Simonovic said. “The consistent reforms implemented in Uzbekistan in training, retraining and raising the proficiency of personnel of the interior have been yielding remarkable outcomes. We believe in the enthusiastic cooperation with Uzbekistan on this front, in the implementation of a diversity of schemes on this course in particular.”

Later that day, the UN delegation was received at the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan and exchanged views on the national system created in this country encompassing human rights institutions and on the international interaction in this sphere.

(Source: Uzbekistan National Agency “UzA”) *** On May 28, 2013, the minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov received the assistant of the General Secretary of UN on human rights issues, Ivan Simonovich. Has been held an exchange of views on wide range of relation issues between Uzbekistan and UN. As it was stated at the meeting, today our country and UN structures links the long term fruitful interaction in different spheres. Primarily, these are issues of the cooperation in opposition to the nuclear proliferation and regional safety, overcoming the socio-economical and ecological problems of Central Asia, including the softening of the consequences of Aral disaster, the fight against the international terrorism and drug-trafficking. Sides support the constructive dialogue in the sphere of human rights. It was stated, that in the framework of the implementation, adopted in 2010, the Conception of further deepening of the democratic reforms and forming civil society in Uzbekistan have been provided specific steps, directed to further liberalization of public-political life, introducing changes into the judicial-legal practice and in general into the system of criminal penalties. At the meeting interlocutors also exchanged their views on the actual international and regional problematic. At the meeting took part the Permanent coordinator of UN, Permanent representative of the United Nations Development Program Stefan Prisner.


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