Uzbekistan told "no peace and development without human rights"

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Secretary-General (left) meets with Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Uzbekistan has been told by the UN Secretary-General that there can no peace and development without human rights.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking to the media in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, where he met with the president of the Central Asian country.

Daniel Dickinson reports

Ban Ki-moon praised President Islam Karimov for his commitment to the rule of law but said that "laws on the books should be made real in the lives of people."

Mr Ban reiterated that the United Nations stands ready to assist Uzbekistan in promoting and protecting what he called "fundamental freedoms."

Welcoming the recent adoption by the government of a National Action Plan following a UN Human Rights Council review of the country, the UN chief underlined that implementation was "key."

He said it would help Uzbekistan's compliance with its international human rights obligations, and bring wide-ranging benefits to its people.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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