Pres­i­dent Greets Par­tic­i­pants of Asia Hu­man Rights Fo­rum

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - FRONT PAGE - Shavkat MIRZIYOYEV, Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan

The Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziyoyev wel­comed the con­trib­u­tors to the Asian Hu­man Rights Fo­rum in Sa­markand with a greet­ing mes­sage. Fol­low­ing is the text of the speech.

Distin­guished par­tic­i­pants of the fo­rum!

Ladies and Gentle­men!

It is a great plea­sure for me to wel­come all the par­tic­i­pants and guests of the Asian Fo­rum on Hu­man Rights in the an­cient city of Sa­markand and con­grat­u­late them on the 70th an­niver­sary of the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights.

I am sin­cerely grate­ful to the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the United Na­tions, Mr. An­tónio Guter­res, for sup­port­ing the ini­tia­tive to hold this fo­rum, or­ga­nized in our re­gion for the first time.

I am grate­ful for the par­tic­i­pa­tion in it of high rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the United Na­tions, the Of­fice of the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights, the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co­op­er­a­tion in Europe, the Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States, other part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions, na­tional hu­man rights in­sti­tu­tions of Asia, as well as prom­i­nent gov­ern­ment and pub­lic fig­ures from abroad, lead­ing ex­perts in the field of hu­man rights, heads of diplo­matic mis­sions ac­cred­ited in Uzbek­istan.

The sig­nif­i­cance of the fo­rum “The Ef­fects of the 70th An­niver­sary of the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights: Chal­lenges of Time and the Re­al­i­ties” is dic­tated by the need to con­sol­i­date ef­forts in bol­ster­ing the role and mag­ni­tude of this fun­da­men­tal doc­u­ment.

As noted by the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, “we can achieve more sus­tain­able peace, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment only if we move to­wards greater jus­tice and equal­ity.” And I fully agree with this key prin­ci­ple.

All civ­i­liza­tions, world cul­tures and re­li­gions were cre­ated, as his­tory shows, un­der the in­flu­ence of hu­man­is­tic ideas, on the ba­sis of which the ba­sic con­cepts of hu­man rights were formed.

For ex­am­ple, in the most an­cient writ­ten mon­u­ment “Avesta”, cre­ated in Asia more than 2,700 years ago, the ideas of hu­man rights and free­doms, build­ing in­ter-eth­nic re­la­tions based on the prin­ci­ples of mu­tual re­spect and trust, are des­ig­nated an im­por­tant role, while vi­o­lence and in­jus­tice are re­jected.

In ad­di­tion, one of the emi­nent ju­rists of the East, Burkhanid­din Marginani, writ­ing in the 12th cen­tury in his trea­tise “Hi­doya”, put for­ward the idea of the need to re­spect the rights of every per­son.

These un­shak­able val­ues have not lost their rel­e­vance to our days and are con­so­nant with the agenda of this fo­rum.

One should stress that the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights adopted 70 years ago opened up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for the adop­tion of the prin­ci­ples of democ­racy and hu­man­ism through­out the world.

Un­for­tu­nate as it is, what we all wit­ness to­day is the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of com­plex, am­bigu­ous trends that im­pede this pos­i­tive process.

It is pri­mar­ily the armed con­flicts, the mount­ing mis­trust and ag­gra­vat­ing an­tag­o­nism, in­ter-eth­nic and in­ter-faith dis­agree­ments, other global chal­lenges and threats to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing those oc­cur­ring in the space from South-East Asia to the Mid­dle East.

We can­not be de­tached ob­servers of the grow­ing num­ber of in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons and refugees, of the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with the in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity of ed­u­ca­tion and health­care, hu­man traf­fick­ing and forced la­bor, with en­sur­ing equal rights and op­por­tu­ni­ties for women and men, the need to erad­i­cate poverty and hunger.

In this re­gard, we firmly be­lieve that the fu­ture of the Asian con­ti­nent with a to­tal pop­u­la­tion of over 4.5 bil­lion peo­ple largely de­pends on the readi­ness to fol­low the ob­jec­tives de­fined in the United Na­tions agenda in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment for the pe­riod up to 2030, as well as the for­ma­tion of ef­fec­tive re­gional mech­a­nism for the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights. Dear mem­bers of the fo­rum! To­day, we in Uzbek­istan, at the new stage of na­tional de­vel­op­ment, are guided by the un­der­ly­ing prin­ci­ple, “It is not the peo­ple who should serve gov­ern­ment bod­ies, but the au­thor­i­ties should serve the peo­ple”. This was the ba­sis for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan through to 2021.

We have sig­nif­i­cantly ex­panded the pow­ers of the par­lia­ment, strength­ened the in­sti­tu­tions of pub­lic con­trol, and are ac­tively pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment of civil so­ci­ety. The ju­di­cial sys­tem and law en­force­ment agen­cies are rad­i­cally re­formed. A lot of work is be­ing done to con­sol­i­date the in­sti­tu­tion of the fam­ily and the spir­i­tual and moral foun­da­tions of so­ci­ety; an en­vi­ron­ment is be­ing de­liv­ered con­ducive for fos­ter­ing a com­pre­hen­sively ad­vanced gen­er­a­tion in the spirit of re­spect for na­tional and univer­sal hu­man val­ues.

We have been en­hanc­ing our close part­ner­ship with in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the field of hu­man rights, and a con­struc­tive di­a­logue has been es­tab­lished with non­govern­men­tal hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tions.

We are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing this im­por­tant mis­sion. Our fore­most pri­or­i­ties are all-round as­sis­tance in self-re­al­iza­tion, se­cur­ing the pro­tec­tion of fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights and le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests of peo­ple. Peace, sta­bil­ity and well­be­ing bank on these cri­te­ria.

I am con­vinced that the Sa­markand Dec­la­ra­tion adopted fol­low­ing the dis­cus­sions at the fo­rum will con­trib­ute to boost­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in the field of hu­man rights, lift­ing this noble work to a new, higher level.

The pro­pos­als and ini­tia­tives put for­ward by the con­trib­u­tors to the con­fer­ence, as well as their con­clu­sions, will be taken into ac­count when elab­o­rat­ing na­tional pro­grams and strate­gies in hu­man rights.

I wish all the par­tic­i­pants and guests of the fo­rum a fruit­ful work and en­joy­able stay in our coun­try.

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