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.
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.