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May 10, 2018

On consideration of the Third report of Uzbekistan on UPR in the UN HRC

The delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the director of the National Center for Human Rights A.Saidov, and Business Ombudsman D.Kasymov, Deputy Prosecutor General E.Yuldashev, Deputy Ministers of Justice M.Istamov and Internal Affairs B.Adilov, staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Geneva took part in consideration of the 3rd national report of Uzbekistan on the procedure of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) within the framework of the 30th session of the Working Group on the UPR of the UN Human Rights Council.

78 countries, which made more than 200 recommendations addressed the meeting.

The UN member states expressed gratitude to the Government of Uzbekistan for such a serious preparation for the meeting of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a detailed national report, additional information on specific aspects of human rights issues, and such a high level delegation for dialogue with the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

The majority of delegations (more than 50 countries) highly appreciated Uzbekistan’s efforts and achievements in the field of human rights, constitutional, institutional and administrative reforms, increased international involvement of the country and genuine openness to constructive dialogue (Russia, Belgium, Chile, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Honduras, Philippines, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Japan, Sweden, Togo, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus).

The adoption of the Action Strategy on five priority areas of development of the country in 2017-2021, which demonstrates Uzbekistan’s commitment to promotion and protection of human rights and fulfillment of its international obligations in this field was emphasized (Argentina, Bulgaria, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Morocco, Qatar, Switzerland, Venezuela, Yemen, Algeria, Belarus).

The member countries also positively welcomed the achievements of Uzbekistan in elimination of child labor, especially in cotton harvest (Canada, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Tajikistan), concrete steps towards elimination of forced labor (Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Tajikistan), close interaction with the International Labor Organization in these spheres (Canada, Morocco).

Measures taken on promoting freedom of speech and the mass media (Russia, Belgium, Argentina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia), simplifying the registration and activities of civil society institutions (USA, Uruguay, Armenia), formation of continuous human rights education system (Cuba, Armenia), combating corruption (Egypt), combating torture (Finland, Great Britain), combating trafficking in human beings and rehabilitating their victims (Egypt, Iceland, Iran, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Algeria) were recognized effective.

Delegations positively characterized the efforts of Uzbekistan in deepening social and economic reforms, expanding opportunities for entrepreneurs and protecting their rights, including through the institution of the Business Ombudsman, improvement of welfare of the population, reducing the gap between the village and the city, ensuring universal coverage with education and health (China, Japan, DPRK, Laos, Portugal, India, Iran, Venezuela). Interest in the initiative to simplify the provision of public services through a single window (China, Azerbaijan, Belarus) was expressed.

Participants of the session welcomed the attention of the Government to issues of ensuring the rights and empowerment of persons with disabilities, plans for adoption of a special law on the rights of persons with disabilities and ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Ghana, Paraguay, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Poland, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Venezuela, Armenia).

A number of EU and Latin American countries (Belgium, Argentina, Hungary, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland) welcomed the release of persons who, in their opinion, were detained in connection with political, human rights or journalistic activities.