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Law & Legal Issues, Cental Asia


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.


On April 25, the Kazakh government approved a package of amendments to the current national legislation made in connection with the changes to the Constitution. Among other things, there was unanimously adopted the draft law stipulating the procedure for the deprivation of citizenship as an additional form of criminal punishment. Minister of Justice of the Republic Marat Beketayev reported this news in an interview with the media.


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 deputies of the upper chamber of the Kazakh parliament (Senate) have returned the draft law on collection activities for revision and finalization to the lower chamber (Majilis). In the course of the discussion, taking into account the proposals and comments of the Senate committees, it became necessary to amend the draft law that had been approved by the Majilis. In addition, the senators returned another related draft law to the lower chamber. It provides for the introduction of changes and additions into some legislative acts of Kazakhstan related to collection issues.


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.



Kazakhstan may reduce the amount of penalties for more than 150 administrative offenses. Minister of Justice Marat Beketayev announced the news, citing the words of President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the need to humanize the national criminal and administrative law. His words also imply that the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the interested state bodies, the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken” and non-governmental organizations have developed a draft law providing for the introduction of amendments to the Code of Kazakhstan on administrative offenses.


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a law on making a number of amendments and additions to some legislative acts related to the issues of combating terrorism and extremism. According to the press service of the head of state, the purpose of this document is to improve the national legislation in the fields of combating extremism and terrorism, arms trafficking, as well as in the field of migration management.



President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the amendments to the existing legislation of Kazakhstan that provide for extension of the moratorium on certain provisions of the Land Code until 2021. According to the press service of the President, there is also suspended the effectiveness of the law “On introduction of a number of changes and additions to the Land Code of Kazakhstan,” which was adopted on November 2, 2015.


The National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan “Atameken” expresses its concern about the instability of the national legislation, which is constantly undergoing various changes. Deputy chairman of the Chamber Rustam Zhursunov made this statement during the recent ninth Almaty-based Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers, which was devoted to the theme “Legal protection of business in times of turbulence.” In this regard, the NCE suggests changing the system of state planning and approving a medium-term fiscal policy, as it was prior to 2008.



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.