UNICEF, Child Rights Ombudsperson and Oliy Majlis host roundtable to support drafting the Law on Child’s Rights Ombudsperson in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, 20 January 2021– UNICEF, together with the Child Rights Ombudsperson and the Members of Parliament, has applauded the political will and leadership demonstrated by the Government.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has called for the drafting of a Law on Child’s Rights Ombudsperson in Uzbekistan in the Address to the Parliament for 2021, a statute that will be key for the promotion and protection of Children’s rights across the country.
Following the Presidential address, Child Rights Ombudsperson jointly with Oliy Majlis and UNICEF today hosted a Round Table with participation from Members of Parliament, representatives of State Bodies, CSOs and prominent international experts.
The roundtable seeks to share experiences from international children’s rights institutions and to establish legal grounds to support activities performed by the Child’s Rights Ombudsperson in Uzbekistan.
“This is a vital step in promoting a child rights agenda in Uzbekistan,” said Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “Once enacted the law will further strengthen the rights of the children in Uzbekistan, especially the most vulnerable, in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, he added.
As it was noted during the roundtable, with more than third of Uzbekistan's population under the age of 18, investment in children’s rights remains a strategic priority, one that can raise the country to a new level of economic and social development.
The participants of the roundtable emphasized that the activities of the Ombudsman for the Rights of the Child help to increase respect for the personality of the child and protect his/her honor and dignity, freedoms and legal rights.
“Children are the future of Uzbekistan. It is our responsibility to promote and protect children's rights and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential and adoption of the Law will contribute to this important agenda” said Aliya Yunusova, Child Rights Ombudsperson.
UNICEF will support the process of the drafting the law and provide technical assistance to ensure that the draft law is in line with international best practices and standards.
The roundtable tallies well with Uzbekistan’s progressive agenda and strong political will that has seen recently the establishment of the Child Rights Ombudsperson in accordance with the Presidential Decree of April 22, 201 "On additional measures to further strengthen the guarantees of the rights of the child" and the Presidential Decree of May 29, 2020 "On additional measures to improve the system of protecting the rights of the child", which aimed at further strengthening the role and expanding the mandate of the Child Rights Ombudsperson.
“It is vital that the Child Rights Ombudsperson has all necessary powers, capacities and resources to carry out its tasks efficiently and independently,” Munir Mammadzade added.
For more information, please contact:
Zokir Nazarov, Child Rights Monitoring Specialist
Nargiza Egamberdieva, Communication Officer
Phone: + 998 93 380 34 19
Shokhjahon Kulturaev, Leading Consultant
Child Rights Section Ombudsman’s Secretariat
Phone: + 998 71 200 10 96
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