The Government of Uzbekistan and the United Nations discussed the draft National Action Plan on the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council
The National Human Rights Center in partnership with the United Nations Country Team in Uzbekistan supported the first round of National consultations on the draft National Action Plan (NAP) of Uzbekistan on the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council that were accepted by Uzbekistan during the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
During an interactive dialogue in the framework of the 3rd cycle of the UPR held on 9 May 2018 in Geneva, Uzbekistan received 212 recommendations from United Nations Member States. Out of 212 recommendations, Uzbekistan accepted for implementation 198. The Government prepared the first draft of the UPR National Action Plan and in line with the best practices presented it for public discussion in order to seek views of various stakeholders.
Addressing participants of the first national consultations, Ms. Helena Fraser, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan highlighted importance of the consultative and transparent approach to developing the National Action Plan, including representatives of various strata of the society, in particular the most vulnerable groups to ensure that no one is left behind, and invited the Government to organize future follow consultations in the capital and in the regions. She commended the expressed Government’s plan to accede to a range of important international human rights instruments and develop national policies, laws and analysis on human rights situation, including on the of rights of refugees, stateless persons, prisoners, persons with disabilities, women, children, domestic workers and migrant workers. UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan stressed that the UPR action plan gives particular attention to promoting human rights education in Uzbekistan. She noted that this is the best means to increase human rights awareness of state officials and the public at large. The UN Resident Coordinator encouraged the Government’s intention to continue strengthening national judicial institutions, the independent mechanism for preventing torture that is being established under the Ombudsman office and civil society.
Helena Fraser on behalf of the UN in Uzbekistan made a few suggestions to the draft NAP and the process of its adoption. Namely, she stressed the importance of holding inclusive and effective online and regional public consultations with rights-holders, including children and youth, women’s rights groups, journalists, associations representing the rights of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, as well as civil society at large and international partners for development. Special attention should be devoted to the NAP’s sections that are still under development. The RC hailed the government’s renewed commitment to effectively and consistently implement existing national human rights strategic programmes and roadmaps, as well as the government’s plan to accede to the key human rights treaties relating inter alia to the rights of persons with disabilities, migrant workers’ rights, women’s rights, rights of refugees and stateless persons and preventing monitoring of places of deprivation of liberty. Helena Fraser reiterated importance of aligning UPR NAP with recommendations of other UN human rights mechanisms (such as treaty bodies and special procedures), as well as the SDG’s targets and indicators in order to ensure holistic approach to human rights and development agenda. In order to give the Government more time to fulfill the accepted 198 recommendations, UN recommends extending the NAP’s timeframe to 2023 – when the 4th UPR cycle is due and reiterates importance of allocating adequate budget resources.
In conclusion, the UN RC expressed the UN Country Team’s readiness to support the Government through technical assistance and programmatic planning reflective of the UPR recommendations.