Aspiration for Peace and Sustainable Development
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights:
Ensuring human rights is an important prerequisite for reforming and developing the state and society. Organized at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Asian Forum is of great magnitude, especially today, when the topic acquires urgency throughout the world.
The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago made it possible to unite efforts in this direction. The document defines the guarantee of human rights as the main requirement for peace, stability and construction of a democratic state. The Declaration calls for resolving the emerging issues by peaceful means, through negotiation and consensus.
Ensuring human rights and interests is one of the priorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Therefore, the OSCE is actively involved in this process, ready to provide support and necessary assistance to relevant initiatives.
In Uzbekistan, human rights is recognized as the highest value, as evidenced by the reforms carried out here in accordance with the Action Strategy. At the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, its legislative foundations are being strengthened, which contributes to the development and security of not only in Uzbekistan, but throughout the region. The Samarkand Forum is a good opportunity to discuss issues of achieving stability and security in the region and the world.
George Tsereteli, Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:
It is hardly accidental that the Asian Forum is held in Uzbekistan, in the ancient city of Samarkand. This country is located at the crossroads where the paths of the peoples of the continent have crossed since ancient times.
Despite the fact that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed 70 years ago as an important guarantee against them, various conflicts, divide and intolerance, crimes against humanity are still going on in the world.
By the nature of my work, I seek answers to these challenges from the point of view of parliamentarianism. It is a factor that binds the state, society and citizens, guarantees the participation of citizens in political, economic, social and humanitarian activities. This, in turn, raises the urgency of issues related to the improvement of lawmaking, implementation of legal acts, conduct of fair and transparent elections.
The participation of leading experts from a number of countries in the forum contributes to the popularization of best practices, through the realization of this civic stance of ethnic minorities and various segments of the population.
Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Secretary of the CIS:
First of all, I would like to highlight Uzbekistan’s initiatives in the field of human rights, one of which is the current Asian Forum in Samarkand.
Since its inception, the CIS has been paying special attention to interstate relations in ensuring human interests. This can be seen in the example of various Commonwealth documents that embody the goals and perspectives of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Within its framework, we adopted the concept of guaranteeing the right to education, the convention on ensuring the right of migrants to work, the concept of introducing integrated mechanisms for securing social rights.
The issue of the protection of motherhood and childhood and the interests of women is also in the center of constant attention of the CIS. In particular, according to the 11 October 2017 statement of the Heads of State, a number of measures are being taken to strengthen the family institution, in which Uzbekistan is actively involved. The Samarkand Forum will be an important step towards raising this cooperation to a new level.
Adam Abdelmula, Special Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
In recent years, cooperation between Uzbekistan and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has intensified. There were visits of delegations at various levels, and ties were strengthened towards creating favorable conditions in the human dimension.
In securing human rights, it is very important to increase the accountability of the judicial system and state bodies. At the same time, it is necessary to support the institutions of civil society and stimulate their participation in public administration, which is consonant with the Sustainable Development Goals.
This forum is a favorable platform for determining the prospects for cooperation and the implementation of target programs.
Kjerulf Thorgeirsdottir, First Vice President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission):
The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is written down in the history of mankind in golden letters. It became the first international document enshrining the equality of all people regardless of religion, beliefs, social or ethnic origin.
So far, our commission has published the results of more than 800 studies, organized over 600 seminars and conferences, and developed more than 9,500 databases on the judicial and legal sphere.
In the framework of the forum, we have the opportunity to exchange views on the national practices of the countries of Central Asia and international norms. We have one goal: to ensure the protection of honor and dignity of everyone and everywhere.