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Training on International law on economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights was held in Tashkent

20/11/2020 - 14:55

TASHKENT, 19-20 November 2020 – Today, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the Regional office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for Central Asia and the Supreme School of Judges of the Republic of Uzbekistan (SSJ) are holding a training seminar on “International law on economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights.” This two-day online-training seminar is the third and final of a series of trainings on ESC rights, including, the right to health, education, housing, rights in the workplace and others.

The online-training aims to build the capacity of judges to apply international law and standards in the area of ESC rights. Trainers will share international human rights law and best practices on implementation by States of their international obligations, including through adjudication and in ensuring access to justice for ESC rights.  


The training will be based on four modules: (1) introduction to international law on ESC rights; (2) international obligations concerning access to justice and effective remedies for ESC rights in national courts and comparative examples of good practices; (3) children`s ESC rights and (4) women`s ESC rights.


Jussi Narvi, Charge d’Affaires a.i of the Delegation of European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, recalled in his welcoming statement that "COVID-19 pandemic showed the urgency and importance of economic, social and cultural rights that have to be ensured by the states, even in the emergency situations. Taking international obligations, Uzbekistan has to respect, protect and fulfil human rights including during the state of emergency and ensure access to justice and legal remedies."


Ryszard Komenda, Regional Representative of the UN Human Rights Office for Central Asia said that Uzbekistan’s progress in the implementation of its human rights obligations was to be reviewed by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in February 2021 and by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in September 2021. Mr. Komenda also noted that the application of the UN human rights treaties at the national level is one of the common questions posed by the UN Treaty Bodies to the respective States Parties, including Uzbekistan. Quoting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, Mr. Komenda concluded that “Respect for human rights across the spectrum, including economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights, will be fundamental to the success of the public health response and recovery from the pandemic.”


“I hope that our training seminars on economic, social and cultural rights will make human rights less theoretical and more practical, and less illusory but effective,” said Temur Shakirov, Senior Legal Adviser of the ICJ Europe and Central Asia Programme. “Our training today should help the Uzbekistan justice system to provide greater access to justice for economic, social and cultural rights to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in Uzbekistan, including through the justice system", he added.


Dilshod Aripov, Deputy director of the Supreme School of Judges briefly spoke about the activities of the Supreme School of Judges (SSJ), and the recent reforms at the SSJ. “The international seminar in which we have gathered today gives us an opportunity to establish direct contact with other organizations and international bodies through the promotion of economic, social and cultural rights. The exchange of ideas and experiences in the necessity of the modern world, for the mutual development of the judiciary, education and the society as such" said Mr. Aripov.


The national trainings are organized in the framework of project "Advancing Civil Society in Promoting ESCR Standards (ACCESS)" funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). All trainings materials are translated into the Russian and Uzbek languages for further reference and use. The trainings materials will be made publicly available by the end of the project for wider outreach and promotion of international law and ESC rights standards.

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