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Uzbekistan May Deprive Terrorists And Extremists Of Citizenship

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 00:21

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. He stressed, “The relatives of those who have connected their lives with extremist activities should not be excluded from public life.”


“Those who have made this mistake will be returned to the social life through examples, knowledge and science. For instance, if there are 20-30 mis-doers in five mahallas, and only five of them are ardent extremists, then they will not turn off the chosen path. And they will have to be deprived of citizenship,” Mirziyoyev said.


Worth recalling, in August 2015, the first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov signed amendments to the law “On Citizenship.” According to them, the automatic deprivation of citizenship shall apply to those persons that have caused “significant harm to the interests of the state and society by engaging in activities for the benefit of a foreign state or by committing crimes against the security of the world.”


In accordance with the current legislation of Uzbekistan, crimes against security and peace include the incitement of national, religious or racial hostility, mercenarism, terrorism, admission and/or recruitment to military services, police, security services, military justice and other similar structures of foreign states.


Worth noting, other states of the region also demonstrate similar tendencies. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambaev recently signed a law, according to which persons found guilty of extremism and terrorism can be deprived of citizenship.

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