About centre


The legal basis of activities

The National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan was established on 31 October 1996 according to the Presidential Decree “On Establishing the National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan”.

The legal basis of the activities of the Centre are also drawn out of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On issues of organization of work of the National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan” dated November 1, 1996 and Regulation “On the National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan” approved by the given Resolution.

The Centre is headed by the Director appointed by the decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Structure

Main structural divisions of the Centre are: departments and Secretariat, along with the Magazine “Democratization and Human Rights”.

Structure of the Centre:

1. Head of the Centre

2. Information-Legal Department

3. Department of Analysis and Research in the Field of Human Rights

4. Department of International Cooperation on Human Rights

5. Department of Education on the Issues of Human Rights

6. Department of Public Relations

7. Editorial-Publication Department

8. Secretariat

The Centre also has a specialized library on human rights. A book fund which consists of more than five thousand publications – books, journals and other literature on the theme of human rights and freedom.

Directions of activities

First. The preparation of the national reports on the maintenance and protection of human rights in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The Centre periodically prepares national reports on the implementation of the provisions of international treaties on human rights for submission to relevant treaty bodies on human rights. For this period of time, the Center has prepared 30 national reports and 20 national action plans for the implementation of the recommendations of the treaty bodies of the UN, and the UN Human Rights Council on Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Key ministries and agencies of the Republic of Uzbekistan take part in the process of preparation of national reports by providing the information needed for its in-depth study, analysis and inclusion in the national report. In the process of preparation institutions of civil society are widely and actively engaged to promote maintenance and protection of the main human rights and freedoms.

Second. Participation in lawmaking. The Centre participates in the rule-making activities through participation in the preparation of draft laws and their expertise on issues concerning the issues of human rights and freedoms and also coordinates the development of research activities in the field of human rights.

Third. Information-instructive and educational activities. The Center conducts information-instructive and educational work in the field of human rights. On a permanent basis international, national and regional conferences, seminars and round tables are held on various human rights issues. There is close cooperation with the media.

Fourth. International cooperation. The Centre cooperates with many international and foreign organizations. Among the partners of the Centre are the United Nations development programme in Uzbekistan, the Office of the OSCE project co-ordinator in Uzbekistan, UNICEF, the German society of technical cooperation, F. Ebert Foundation, etc. Various projects aimed at further strengthening the protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms in the Republic of Uzbekistan are carried out together with international partners.

Fifth. Publishing activities. The Centre focuses on publishing activities. To this day the Centre has released several thousand print copies of more than 200 items of collections of books and other literature on human rights in the official language. Most of the published literature is distributed among public bodies, scientific and educational institutions, civil society institutions on a gratuitous basis. The Centre is the founder of the journal "Democratization and Human rights" and co-founder of the journal “Public Opinion. Human rights” which are published quarterly in Uzbek, English and Russian.

Sixth. Monitoring of human rights. There is a department of Public Relations at the Centre which monitors the welfare and protection of the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of citizens by examining their cases. The staff of the department explain the rights and duties of citizens, the procedure for their legal protection; provide free legal help to assist in removing the violated rights of citizens; study the causes of human rights violations and make recommendations to State authorities to prevent human rights violations.

Citizens can send their applications, complaints, or suggestions by mail to the National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Centre provides free legal consultation by phone: +998 71 239 13 58 

The Centre (Public Relations Department) is open daily (except Saturday and Sunday) in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Citizens’ Address”.