Dialogue with UN High Commissioner for Human RightsJun 26, 2018
The National Human Rights Center, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of Uzbekistan, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR ROCA and the UNDP Office in Uzbekistan, hosted a webinar with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein with students from more than 20 higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan.
The webinar aimed to inform students on the existing universal and regional mechanisms for protection of human rights, developing a culture of respect for human rights, as well as discussing the results of cooperation of Uzbekistan with international organizations in the field of human rights.
Building democratic state in Uzbekistan in the spirit of rule of law largely depends on the quality of civic education. “Education is the basis of democracy” formula endorsed by the United Nations, highlights the key role of schools, universities and teachers. In this regard, participants of webinar were particularly interested in the role of digital technologies and educational platforms to promote human rights and establishing human rights training system.
Participants of interactive dialogue also highlighted the adherence of Uzbekistan to its international obligations in the field of human rights and freedoms, priority attention of citizens, society and the state to the values and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, enshrined in the Constitution and other normative-legal acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Internationally, Uzbekistan actively advocates the rights of youth. The country initiated the preparation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Youth, aimed at developing and implementing the youth policy in the context of globalization. Uzbekistan has also initiated the UN General Assembly Special Resolution “Education and Religious Tolerance” with the view to promote tolerance and mutual respect, ensure religious freedom, protect the rights of believers and prevent discrimination.
Participants of dialogue have also noted strengthening tendency of international cooperation of Uzbekistan in the field of human rights and freedoms based on the principles of constructive and open discussion of existing problems, the exchange of best practices in the implementation of international human rights standards, and expanding cooperation with the UN Charter and Treaty Bodies, international and foreign structures, including the EU, OSCE, OIC.
In conclusion of the dialogue, the High Commissioner, addressing students on the eve of Youth Day of Uzbekistan- June 30, stressed: “Happiness in life doesn’t come from thinking only about yourself. Genuine happiness comes from serving and helping other people.”