Head of the UNFPA in Uzbekistan Karl
Kulessa has stressed the great progress in the promotion of law culture in the Uzbek
“In Uzbekistan, a lot of attention is
paid to the legal culture in the society. As you know, the success of
democratic reforms to a large extent depends on the public’s education in human
rights, citizens’ education of respect for law and order, which, in turn,
increases the level of legal awareness and legal culture of the people.
“The Basic Law adopted in Uzbekistan
meets all recognized international standards. This document is a legal basis
for change and reforms in the country. The Constitution establishes the
principle of the rule of law and is designed to balance the interests of
society. No less important that its provisions are applied in practice. Any individual
should be certain that he can go to a court if his or her rights are violated,
and to get a fair protection. This is the role and importance of the
Constitution. Human rights education is not only a source of knowledge, but
also allows instilling the skills, necessary for promotion, protection and
implementation of human rights in daily life.
“Media plays important role in
ensuring the rule of law and respect for human rights and freedoms. They conduct
monitoring of human rights. In this context, the UN Office welcomes the
commitment of the Government of the Republic
of Uzbekistan to the
further promotion of independent media.
“Assessing the activity of civic
institutions in Uzbekistan,
I note that the UN agencies are working closely with them on their projects.
Growth in the number and quality of NGOs indicates their growing role in the
implementation of democratic reforms in the country. With no civil institutions
it is difficult to talk about the full rights and freedoms of the citizens of
any state. In Uzbekistan,
the trend is observed along with decentralization of state power and the
increasing role of Parliament of the Republic.
“At the 2010 United Nations
Millennium Development Goals summit Member States reaffirmed that "good
governance and the rule of law at the national and international levels are
essential for sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and the
eradication of poverty and hunger".
“From the experience of the UN in
more than 160 countries we know that to promote economic development it is very
important to receive a fair justice and the rule of law, cooperation with civil
society, empowerment of local government and the provision of local services,
as well as the private sector.”