December 14, 2017
DIALOGUE WITH THE PEOPLE IS THE MAIN PRIORITY
Today, Uzbekistan is undergoing an important stage of its democratic and legal development which is based on a radical change in the relationship of state bodies with the population.
It should be emphasized that the effectiveness of reforms implemented in the country is closely linked to the consistent fulfillment by the state of its obligations to ensure the full range of civil, political, economic, social, cultural and human rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Fundamentally new approaches have been adopted in Uzbekistan aimed at overcoming the isolation of certain state bodies and officials from specific realities of life and the needs of the population. The basis for solving the above problems is the principle of in-depth study and high-quality and timely consideration of appeals from individuals and legal entities. This work is carried out on the basis of the established system of people's receptions, the introduction of new effective forms and mechanisms of open dialogue with citizens on the basis of regular reporting by heads of state bodies at all levels to the population, the introduction of regular field visits to study the situation in the sphere of ensuring rights, freedoms and interests citizens into practice.
For the first time in the practice of our country, the Service for the Protection of Citizens' Rights, Control and Coordination of Work with Appeals of Individuals and Legal Entities of the Office of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan was established. This structure is entrusted with the task of analyzing the state of ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens by state bodies, identifying the reasons for their violation, and developing and implementing measures to improve their activities through a permanent and open dialogue with the people.
To fully support the younger generation, which makes up more than 60% of the country's population, the country adopted the Law "On State Youth Policy" dated September 14, 2016, there has been established the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan, which has broad powers to interact with the President and the highest state authorities and government.
Significant work in the field of ensuring human freedoms and interests, increasing the legal culture of the population is carried out by the mass media. For their successful and active work in Uzbekistan, an extensive legal field has been created that continues to be improved taking into account the international practices and the realities of the present. More than 10 laws have been adopted directly aimed at further democratization and liberalization of the media, increasing their activity in ensuring transparency and openness of the reforms being implemented, and the introduction of advanced ICT in the media.
Issues of human rights protection, legal and institutional mechanisms for their provision, as well as various aspects of the implementation of the role of civil society institutions in this direction are regularly and widely covered by the media. Over 120 basic international legal documents on human rights were translated into the Uzbek language and published in large editions. About 30 newspapers and magazines on the topic of human rights are published in the country.
In Uzbekistan, there is a network of educational institutions involved in the training and retraining of lawyers and law enforcement officials. In addition, within the framework of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education, students, government officials, law enforcement personnel and courts, pedagogical, medical and social workers improve their knowledge in this field. The National Program for Enhancing the Legal Culture of the Society is being successfully implemented.
(The material was prepared on the basis of information from the National Center for Human Rights of the Republic of Uzbekistan)