Advising the UN on human rights in Uzbekistan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognises that mainstreaming or integrating human rights into its democratic governance activities is essential if it is to contribute to the fulfillment of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person.

UNDP Uzbekistan has selected democratic governance as one of the major components of its Country Programme 2005-2009. In order to assist it to develop the human rights aspects of this Programme, UNDP commissioned HRC Director Mark Kelly to conduct an independent human rights fact finding and strategy formulation mission. The goal of the mission, which took place in Tashkent from 20 October to 5 November 2004, was to assist UNDP to “find the relevant niche” and to formulate its programme strategy in consultation with relevant partners and stakeholders among government, civil society and the donor community.

During the course of the mission, Mark Kelly held high-level meetings and consultations with a wide variety of government departments, civil society organisations and donors. He also facilitated a round table with representatives of civil society organisations and other private individuals with an interest in the promotion and protection of human rights in Uzbekistan. At the end of the mission, he prepared a report setting out the results of his fact-finding work, and proposing an outline programme strategy for the human rights aspects of the democratic governance element of UNDP’s Uzbekistan Country Programme 2005-2009.

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