Tashkent hosts regional ombudsmen meeting
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Sept. 5 / Trend D.Azizov /
A roundtable on the "Activities of Regional Ombudsmen: Experience of Spain and Uzbekistan" was held in Tashkent after an initiative of Uzbek Ombudsman Sayyora Rashidova, the Secretariat of the Ombudsman reported.
Regional Vice-President of the I.O.I. European Chapter and Catalan Ombudsman Rafael Ribo, Head of Office of the Catalan Ombudsman Judith Macaya, Senate and Legislative Chamber Representatives of the Supreme Court, the General Prosecutor's Office, Ministries of Justice, Ministries of the Interior, Health, and Government agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Diplomatic Corps accredited in Uzbekistan are planned to attend the event.
Participants reviewed their views and experiences in the field of human rights.
They noted, based on analysis of over 15 years of Uzbek Ombudsman Institutional activity, the institution proved itself worthy, and has been developing based on principles of openness, accessibility, and dialogue with government and public organizations.
Representatives of the Ombudsman operate throughout Uzbekistan. The main objective of the Regional Representative is to assist the ombudsman in receiving and reviewing citizens' complaints.
Roundtable participants emphasized that the country is improving the mechanisms to protect human rights and freedoms among citizens. Perspectives of defined concepts for deepening democratic reform and the formation of civil society in Uzbekistan, were presented by the Uzbek President in November 2010. In addition, the improvement of the Ombudsman Institution is one of the areas in which state legal reforms are carried out.
The Uzbek Ombudsman has been a member of the IOI since 1998. It promotes expansion in communication with foreign partners, as well as global awareness of Ombudsman activities in Uzbekistan.
IOI, founded in 1978, is the only international organization for cooperation and information exchange among ombudsman institutions. It unites 150 members from among 75 varying countries.