UNITED NATIONS, June 14. /TASS/. Over the past years the situation in the sphere of human rights has deteriorated in Central Asia, creating conditions for the rise in extremist ideologies in the region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.
After his five-day tour of Central Asia with a visit to Turkmenistan, the UN chief voiced concern about the perceived "deterioration of some aspects of human rights - a shrinking democratic space" across Central Asia. Curbing freedoms could ultimately foster "a breeding ground for extremist ideologies," he said.
This tendency is growing in the region and this arouses concerns, Mr. Ban stressed. He reiterated that all efforts for sustainable development must involve a deep respect for human rights and the strengthening of rule of law.
"There is no peace without development. No development without peace. And neither is possible without a respect for human rights," Mr. Ban stated.