Human Rights as the Prime Value
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations on 10 December 1948, marks its 70th anniversary.
It fully covers the norms providing for a full life of a person, finding a worthy place in society, ensuring all rights. The 30-article declaration incorporated the principles of equality, justice, kindness, to this document today 193 countries are attached.
The first document to which Uzbekistan joined since independence was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Constitution is interconnected with the Declaration; in it life and human rights are designated as the highest value.
The 70th anniversary of the adoption of the declaration is of particular importance for the Uzbek people. A striking confirmation of this is the Decree of the President of our country “On the program of events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” dated May 5, 2018. In order to ensure the execution of the decree, a program of measures is being implemented in our country. Events are organized to increase the attention of the state, society and citizens to the principles and values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Measures are being taken to further improve the system of organizational, legal and other measures aimed at reliable protection of human rights and freedoms, increasing the effectiveness of mechanisms and procedures for implementing legislation and practical activity of state bodies of international standards in the field of human rights and freedoms.
According to the program, international events dedicated to this date will be organized in Uzbekistan. The Asian Forum on Human Rights will be held on November 22-23 of this year in the city of Samarkand. The forum is expected to be attended by representatives of the UN and other international organizations, heads of institutions engaged in the protection of human rights in the Asian continent, legal scholars and others.
Now, thorough preparation for the forum is in full swing. During the forum, the participants, divided into sessions, will conduct a dialogue on relevant topics. They will consider the norms provided for in the declaration, the universality of economic, social, cultural, civil rights, their interrelationship, achievements and problems in the area of fulfilling human rights obligations. The role of executive, representative and legislative power, the court and national human rights institutions in protecting human rights and promoting human rights and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will be discussed.
As a result of the Asian Forum, it is planned to adopt the Samarkand Declaration on Human Rights. It provides for the creation of an effective system for the observance and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the state in accordance with international instruments.
In the framework of the Asian Forum, the leaders of the national human rights institutions of Central Asia will discuss the situation in their country regarding human rights, the areas of cooperation between national human rights institutions.
Following the results of the forum, it is also planned to adopt in Tashkent a joint statement of national human rights institutions in Central Asia.