Uzbek­istan’s Pres­i­dent Re­ceives UN Spe­cial Rap­por­teur

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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.

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