I Have a Dream

Mar­tin Luther King is a rights cham­pion, a born speaker, a No­bel Peace Prize win­ner whose ideas of equal­ity were sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of the world’s pop­u­la­tion.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

Even if I knew that to­mor­row the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my ap­ple tree. (King)

“There comes a time when one must take a po­si­tion that is nei­ther safe, nor politic, nor pop­u­lar, but he must take it be­cause con­science tells him it is right.” (King)

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion of the 50th an­niver­sary of the tragic death of this out­stand­ing Amer­i­can civil rights fighter, UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­tónio Guter­res said that Dr. King was one of the great­est fig­ures of the 20th cen­tury who have be­come a moral com­pass for hu­man­ity. His legacy still in­spires ev­ery­one who de­fends hu­man rights and hu­man dig­nity in the face of op­pres­sion, dis­crim­i­na­tion and in­jus­tice. And to­day, ac­cord­ing to An­to­nio Guter­res, the prin­ci­ples of so­cial jus­tice, mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and the ben­e­fits of diver­sity in so­ci­ety are in de­mand more than ever. The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral re­called that the UN eval­u­ated the mer­its of the No­bel lau­re­ate in the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights and in 1968 he was posthu­mously awarded the UN prize.

The most fa­mous black fig­ure was brought to the ac­tion in 1963, which gath­ered about 300 thou­sand Amer­i­cans. Then King and voiced the most mem­o­rable speech, which be­gins with the words: «I have a dream.» Mar­tin praised racial rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and said that it does not mat­ter what na­tion­al­ity a per­son is, the main thing is what is in­side him. The march lead­ers met with US Pres­i­dent Kennedy and dis­cussed so­cially im­por­tant is­sues. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed, which pro­hib­ited the racial in­fringe­ment of the rights of non-cit­i­zens.

The ap­peal of Mar­tin King that any so­cial strug­gle must be non-vi­o­lent, «af­ter all, it can be ne­go­ti­ated with the help of lan­guage, and not through mass ri­ots and wars», is also rel­e­vant to­day and is con­so­nant with the grow­ing level of un­der­stand­ing and com­pre­hen­sion of uni­ver­sal hu­man rights norms. This trend is very clearly traced in Uzbek­istan, where in re­cent times fre­quent vis­i­tors are of­fi­cials who are di­rectly re­lated to the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights. Tashkent was vis­ited by the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hus­sein, UN Hu­man Rights Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on free­dom of re­li­gion or be­lief Ah­mad Shahid, Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Hu­man Rights, Democ­racy and La­bor Randy Wil­liam Berry, del­e­ga­tion of the in­ter­na­tional non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion Hu­man Rights Watch as part of the Di­rec­tor of the Europe and Cen­tral Asia Di­vi­sion, Hugh Wil­liamson, and Steve Sverd­low, Di­rec­tor of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Cen­tral Asia of­fice.

In their press con­fer­ences fol­low­ing the visit, they noted that Uzbek­istan demon­strates its readi­ness to ful­fill its in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions in the sphere of en­sur­ing and pro­tect­ing uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized hu­man rights, and highly ap­pre­ci­ated the work car­ried out in our coun­try to de­velop civil so­ci­ety, pro­mote tol­er­ance and re­li­gious free­dom, pro­tect the rights of be­liev­ers and preven­tion of their dis­crim­i­na­tion, ex­pressed pleas­ant sur­prise about the Mus­lims who live in a sec­u­lar state where tol­er­ance pre­vails and for this all the con­di­tions are cre­ated Vija.

Re­call that al­most all hu­man rights listed in the in­ter­na­tional covenants on hu­man rights are en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion of Uzbek­istan and are re­flected in more than 400 laws adopted dur­ing the years of in­de­pen­dence.

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