National Press Club

Uzbekistan's Progress in Advancing Religious Freedom

Uzbekistan's Progress in Advancing Religious Freedom

December 20, 2018 8:30 AM

Location: Holeman Lounge

Panel Discussion “Uzbekistan: An Emerging Model for the Muslim World—Marking Uzbekistan’s Progress in Advancing Religious Freedom.”
H.E. Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States
Mr. Thames Knox, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities at the State Department
Mr. James Chen, Vice President for Global Operations at the Institute for Global Engagement
Dr. Chris Seiple, President Emeritus of the Institute for Global Engagement

As a secular state with a Muslim majority, where different faiths live side-by-side, engaging one another in peace, tranquility, and respect, Uzbekistan prides itself on its centuries-long traditions of tolerance and interreligious harmony.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s ambitious reform strategy program identifies five priority areas and “human interests come first” is the principle underlying the implementation of all ongoing reforms in Uzbekistan, while “ensuring safety, interethnic concord and religious tolerance” are among the top priority.
Within only past six months there were series of acknowledgements of Uzbekistan progress in human rights issues – as seen in Trafficking in Person report, Department of Labor’s TDA Report on forced labor issues, removal of Uzbekistan cotton from the List of Goods produced by Child Labor.
On December 11, the U.S. Secretary of State Honorable Michael Pompeo announced his designation of the Countries of Particular Concern for Religious Freedom (CPC) where Uzbekistan was removed from the CPC list.
The panel will discuss this decision along with another milestone achievement – adoption of the Uzbekistan-led UN General Assembly Resolution on “Enlightenment and Religious Toleranc

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