The Republic of Uzbekistan participates in meetings of various working groups on special areas, which are one of the mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council, and responds to their appeals.
Working Group on the Right to Development of the UN Human Rights Council
The Working Group was established by the Commission on Human Rights in accordance with resolution (Resolution No. 1998/72), which performs the following functions:
- monitor and review progress on promoting and implementing the right to development;
- review information submitted by States, United Nations agencies, and other organisations on the relationship between their activities and the right to development;
- present the Commission on Human Rights with a sessional report on its deliberations, including advice to OHCHR regarding the implementation of the right to development; and
- suggest possible programmes of technical assistance at the request of interested countries with the aim of promoting the implementation of the right to development.
From November 22 to 26, 2021, the next meeting was held in Geneva the 22nd meeting of the working group on development of the UN Human Rights Council, which was attended by representatives of the permanent delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The purpose of the meeting was to study the progress made in the realization of the right to development on a global scale, as well as to consider the draft convention in this area.
On the eve of the session, the Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the UN Office in Geneva and other international organizations was elected Deputy Chairman of the UN Human Rights Council. As a result, for the first time in its history, Uzbekistan received the authority to participate in the activities of the UN Human Rights Council Bureau.
Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the UN Human Rights Council
One of the main tasks of the Working Group is to assist relatives in finding out the fate or whereabouts of their family members who, according to reports, have gone missing. In this humanitarian capacity, the Working Group serves as a channel of communication between relatives of victims of enforced disappearance and other sources reporting cases of disappearances and interested States.
For this purpose, the Group:
1) Accepts, reviews and transmits to States reports of enforced disappearances filed by relatives of missing persons or human rights organizations representing their interests;
2) Requests States to conduct investigations and notify the Working Group of the results;
3) periodically checks the status of these requests for information;
4) Plays a preventive role by assisting States in overcoming obstacles to the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. It fulfills this function by visiting countries and providing advisory services upon request.
The Working Group consists of five independent experts appointed on the basis of the principle of balanced geographical representation. They conduct joint investigations of individual cases, as well as issue reports and take opinions as part of the implementation of the group's mandate. The Working Group meets in Geneva three times a year.
On February 2, 2022, the National Center of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Human Rights, on behalf of the Government of Uzbekistan, sent answers to questions prepared within the framework of a special initiative dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the working group of the UN Human Rights Council on enforced or involuntary disappearances.