Uzbekistan’s President Receives UN Special Rapporteur
Yestreday, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the issue of freedom of religion or belief.
The head of our state, welcoming the guest, noted with satisfaction the consolidating constructive and mutually advantageous cooperation of Uzbekistan with the UN, its agencies and institutions.
Following the visits to Uzbekistan of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein in May and June this year, as well as meetings with them and participation in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September, roadmaps are being implemented to enhance bilateral partnership in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
It was especially emphasized that one of the priorities of the long-term Development Strategy of Uzbekistan and the program of full-scale cooperation with the UN is cementing the interethnic harmony and inter-religion accord.
Today, representatives of more than 130 ethnic and sub-ethnic groups, as well as 16 religious denominations, live in the country as a united family, in peace, tranquility, full consent and respect. To implement their rights and freedoms, all the necessary conditions have been created. The atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding in the society, as well as interethnic and interreligious harmony is strengthened.
The UN Special Rapporteur highly appreciated the new stage of reforms and transformation in Uzbekistan aimed at developing civil society, ensuring tolerance and religious freedom, protecting the rights of believers and preventing their discrimination.
Ahmed Shaheed particularly stressed the relevance and timeliness of the initiatives of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, voiced at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
In particular, they fully supported the proposal to adopt a special resolution on Enlightenment and Religious Tolerance, as well as the establishment of the Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand and the Center for Islamic Civilization in Tashkent.
The meeting also discussed the improvement of legislation on freedom of conscience and religious organizations, the adoption of coordinated measures and joint activities in the field of religion and interethnic relations.
The UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and organization of a rich program of visit, and also confirmed readiness for further development of a systemic, open and constructive cooperation with the Republic of Uzbekistan.