The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), in collaboration with the Nationwide Movement “Yuksalish” and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), has announced the launch of the first Human Rights Summer School on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ESCR) in Uzbekistan from 14 to 18 August.
Organized within the framework of “Enhancing the Quality of Uzbekistan’s Application of International Law (EQUAL)”, funded by the European Union, this five-day educational course stands to make a real impact in advancing human rights education in Uzbekistan.
“We are thrilled to be embarking on this landmark initiative aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of human rights law, standards and practices within the national context. With a commitment to empowering change and promoting justice, this program brings together a diverse group of legal professionals, human rights defenders, and advocates who are dedicated to advancing human rights in Uzbekistan”, said Temur Shakirov, Director (ad interim) of the ICJ Europe and Central Asia Programme, describing the School as an opportunity to drive positive change.
The program aims to build bridges between theoretical knowledge and practical application, fostering an environment of learning and community-building among the civil society and State bodies representatives.
With a vision of promoting justice and equality, it will host twenty participants from across Uzbekistan who have evinced an ongoing commitment to protect human rights and advance the rule of law.
Bobur Bekmurodov, Chairman of Yuksalish, emphasizing the role of human rights education in fostering equality and non-discrimination said: “Yuksalish is delighted to be part of this Summer School. Human rights education plays a crucial role in shaping societies that are just, inclusive, and respectful of human dignity. In Uzbekistan, the importance of human rights education has gained significant recognition in recent years. As the country continues to undergo social, political, and economic transformations, integrating human rights principles into education and its promotion has emerged as a pivotal strategy for fostering a culture of respect, tolerance, and accountability.”
Consisting of brief lectures, interactive dialogue, practical exercises, and group work, the Summer School offers diverse educational experiences. It will provide participants with the latest information, best practice tools, and insights on the protection of ESC rights in Uzbekistan.
“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for Central Asia is pleased to provide its support to the Summer School on ESC rights. This collaborative endeavour with our long-standing partners in Uzbekistan marks a significant step forward in fostering a deeper understanding of human rights principles and their practical implementation,” said Matilda Bogner, Regional Representative, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for Central Asia.
With the Human Rights Summer School, there is an opportunity to integrate human rights principles more fully into education and daily life. This initiative is part of a broader journey to build capacities, empower civil society, and promote the rights and dignity of all individuals in Uzbekistan.
The event is organised within the framework of the Project “Enhancing the Quality of Uzbekistan’s Application of International Law (EQUAL)” funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and implemented by the International Commission of Jurists. The main objective of the EQUAL project is to promote, by supporting civil society, equal protection of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights for groups particularly vulnerable to discrimination in Uzbekistan.