On 27 November, the Research and Coordination Council of Uzbekistan’s National Human Rights Center held a session titled “Monitoring of the implementation of the National Action Plan on the fulfillment of the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review and the UN treaty bodies on the results of the review of national reports of Uzbekistan on human rights and freedoms”.
The session kicked off with welcome remarks by the Director of the National Human Rights Center of Uzbekistan, Akmal Saidov, and UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Stefan Priesner.
Deputy Minister of Justice Anvar Usmanov presented a report on the activities of the Interagency Working Group on the study of the observance of human rights and freedoms by law enforcement and other state bodies. Deputy head of the Department of Human Rights Analysis and Research at the National Human Rights Center, Farida Bakayeva, made a speech focusing on the fulfillment of the 2014-2016 National Action Plan on the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council’s recommendations under the Universal Periodic Review and the UN treaty bodies on the results of the review of national reports of Uzbekistan on human rights and freedoms.
Those gathered also learnt about the contributions of the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan to the implementation of the action plan as well as foreign countries’ experience in the fulfillment of the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council.
During breakout sessions, participants discussed the following themes: “Development of Civil Society”, “Further Deepening of Judicial and Legal Reform, Improvement of the Penitentiary System and Ensuring the Rule of Law”, and “Further Development of Social and Economic Programmes for Sustainable Development in Uzbekistan”.
The session determined areas in which the international community should assist Uzbekistan in the fulfillment of the National Action Plan, developed conclusions and recommendations to be considered by the Interagency Working Group on Human Rights, discussed further measures as a monitoring platform, and determined themes for 2015-2016 monitoring seminars.