Chil­dren’s Om­buds­man Pend­ing

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

Ear­lier this May, Vice-Pres­i­dent of the UN Com­mit­tee on the Rights of the Child Re­nate Win­ter vis­ited Uzbek­istan. Then she re­called that one of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the UN Com­mit­tee on the Rights of the Child was set­ting up the post of a chil­dren’s com­mis­sioner.

In prac­tice, each coun­try de­cides as to which rec­om­men­da­tions to adopt and which ones not to. Uzbek­istan lis­tened to the ad­vice of the UN Com­mit­tee and un­der­taken ac­tive ef­forts at the Na­tional Cen­ter for Hu­man Rights. To date, the bill to es­tab­lish the in­sti­tu­tion of the chil­dren’s om­buds­man is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

What was rather in­ter­est­ing to ob­serve in the process is the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the youths who came from all re­gions of our coun­try in the fi­nal­iza­tion of the draft of that nor­ma­tive act. This op­por­tu­nity was pro­vided by the UNICEF Of­fice in Uzbek­istan as part of the cel­e­bra­tion of World Chil­dren’s Day.

The bill on the chil­dren’s com­mis­sioner was dis­cussed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the younger gen­er­a­tion at a round­table where they ex­pressed their views on how the le­gal act could be im­proved and voiced rec­om­men­da­tions on in­creas­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of chil­dren at all lev­els of de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

The cre­ation of a chil­dren’s om­buds­man was pro­vided for in the Law on Guar­an­tees of the Rights of the Child, as well as rec­om­mended by the UN Com­mit­tee on the Rights of the Child in 2013. In May 2017, Re­nate Win­ter called this rec­om­men­da­tion to mind.

After that, the youngest and most ac­tive boys and girls en­tered into a dis­cus­sion with mem­bers of par­lia­ment and spoke on is­sues af­fect­ing their lives. At a meet­ing in the lower cham­ber of the Oliy Ma­jlis, the mem­bers of the Young Gen­er­a­tion Coun­cil shared their ex­pe­ri­ence in solv­ing prob­lems in their re­gions. They re­vealed pre­sen­ta­tions on the suc­cesses achieved, as well as prob­lems en­coun­tered in im­ple­ment­ing their projects on the ground. “In­ter­ac­tive di­a­logue with young peo­ple”. In an in­for­mal realm, its mem­bers held dis­cus­sion with de­ci­sion-mak­ers. They shared their ideas on how chil­dren and young peo­ple can make their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Un­doubt­edly, the re­sults of all the dis­cus­sions held on World Chil­dren’s Day will con­trib­ute to the fur­ther con­sol­i­da­tion of Uzbek­istan’s youth pol­icy. As chair­woman of the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Sup­port of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, Inki­bol Yusupova, sug­gested, “the cre­ation of a spe­cial om­buds­man for chil­dren and youth will not only im­ple­ment one of the key rec­om­men­da­tions of the UN Com­mit­tee on the Rights of the Child, but also pro­mote more ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­grams for en­sur­ing the well-be­ing of kids, mon­i­tor­ing the com­pli­ance with their rights and ac­tive in­volve­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try”.

Yet one should not for­get that this is a very sen­si­tive is­sue, and its so­lu­tion has prob­lems not so much tech­ni­cal as eth­i­cal. After all, as Re­nata Win­ter had noted, the chil­dren’s om­buds­man is not a build­ing or ma­te­rial equip­ment, it’s a team of spe­cial­ists who, in ad­di­tion to le­gal skills, have ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of ju­ve­nile jus­tice.

Open­ing the meet­ing, the head of the UNICEF Of­fice in Uzbek­istan Sascha Grau­mann said that Uzbek­istan is in an im­por­tant de­mo­graphic stage, and that dur­ing the next decade the num­ber of chil­dren will grow in pop­u­la­tion and re­plen­ish la­bor re­sources. If one in­vests cor­rectly in youth to­day, Grau­mann stressed, it can be­come a gen­er­a­tion that will lead Uzbek­istan to a higher level of so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. On the same day, the Youth Union of Uzbek­istan hosted an event en­ti­tled

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