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Law & Legal Issues, Uzbekistan


Uzbekistan is ready to use the mechanism that envisages applying the deprivation of citizenship to persons participating in religious extremist organizations. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev made such a statement during his trip to Andijan Province. He noted, “If we want tomorrow to be a peaceful day, we should submit proposals on depriving avid extremists of citizenship.” In addition, the head of state pointed out the mistakes of the executive authorities in resolving this matter.


President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed the law providing for introduction of a number of changes in the current constitution in relation to the republic's judicial system. On March 17, 2017, the draft of this law was adopted by the lower (legislative) Chamber of Parliament. On March 28, it was approved by the upper chamber (the Senate).


The new version of the Law of Uzbekistan “On International Treaties” may be amended to provide for the priority of international law within the system of national legislation. This follows from the text of the draft law published for public discussion at the Single Portal for Interactive Public Services on March 30. The government plans to adopt this concept in April; then, in early May, the document will be submitted to the parliament for consideration.



On September 19, Acting President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev signed a new version of the law of the republic “On protection and use of wildlife.” The document was adopted by the lower house of parliament on July 21, and then approved by the upper house on August 24.


On August 24, the upper house of the Uzbek parliament (the Senate) approved the new draft law “On internal affairs,” which legislates objectives and principles of the Uzbek militia's activities. Thus, police officers are now tasked to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens of the republic, their legitimate interests, public safety and public order, as well as the property of individuals and legal entities. This law will come into force six months after it is signed by the president and published in the local media.



On July 13, Tashkent hosted a regular meeting of the Legislative (lower) Chamber of the Uzbek parliament, during which the deputies considered a number of draft laws for further deepening of reforms implemented today in various areas of public life. The issues previously included in the agenda were earlier discussed at meetings of party factions and the deputy group representing the Environmental Movement of Uzbekistan and the committees of the Legislative Chamber, with participation of representatives of civil society institutions, ministries and departments.



On June 24, the web-site called “Discussion of regulatory legal acts of Uzbekistan” was submitted a new draft law of the republic “On State of Emergency.” Visitors of the web-site have the opportunity to submit comments that will be considered by developers of the draft law and appropriate governance structures. As reported, discussion of the draft law “On State of Emergency” will be completed by July 11, 2016.



On June 10, the Law “On electronic government” came into force in Uzbekistan. It provides for introduction and development of electronic public services. This document was originally adopted by the lower house of the national parliament in November 2015, and then approved by the upper house in December of the same year. Now, six months from the date of publication of the text of the new law in the Uzbek media, it finally came into force. The main purpose of the law is to regulate the relations that can occur in the field of e-government activities.



By autumn 2016, the Uzbek government intends to submit amendments to the law “On safety and quality of food” to the National Parliament of the Republic. These amendments provide for introduction of a ban on registration of any food product that contains genetically modified organisms. The text of the document involving introduction of these changes was published on the single portal of online public services of Uzbekistan on May 11, with the aim of public discussion.



In Uzbekistan, there has been put forward for discussion a new draft law providing for introduction of a number of changes to the current Criminal Code of the Republic and the Code of Administrative Responsibility. This project appeared on the Unified Portal of Public Services of Uzbekistan, providing for imposition of criminal penalties for the usage of UAVs in the Uzbek territory. According to the proposed amendments, violators of the law can be detained for 15 days or be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 5-10 years.