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EU Representative praises Uzbekistan’s constitutional amendments for strengthening human rights

During a meeting on April 18 in Tashkent with Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore, commended Uzbekistan on its recent constitutional amendments aimed at strengthening the rights and freedoms of its citizens.

Gilmore praised specific reforms that solidify the principle of inviolability of the individual and bolster social and environmental rights, youth rights, and the development of civil society institutions. A particularly notable reform is the abolition of the death penalty, marking a significant advancement in human rights for the country.

The European delegation highlighted the active and evolving cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EU, underscoring a mutual commitment to deepening ties across various levels of governance. This meeting reflects a positive trajectory in diplomatic relations, centered around shared values of human rights and democratic principles.

Implications for Regional and International Relations

The EU’s acknowledgment of Uzbekistan’s efforts in constitutional reform is likely to bolster the country’s international image and strengthen its relationships with European nations. Such developments could facilitate more extensive collaboration in areas like trade, security, environmental sustainability, and legal reforms.

For the broader Central Asian region, Uzbekistan’s reforms may serve as a benchmark or catalyst for similar legislative changes, promoting a wave of enhancements in human rights protections across neighboring states.

This development is significant for international observers, policymakers, and human rights advocates, as it represents a concrete step towards greater adherence to international human rights standards in Central Asia. It also highlights the potential for positive outcomes from diplomatic engagement and dialogue focused on rights and freedoms.

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