Se­nate Con­venes for Gen­eral Ses­sion

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The Se­nate of the Oliy Ma­jlis of Uzbek­istan has con­vened this week for the twelfth ple­nary ses­sion.

The par­lia­men­tar­i­ans be­gan work with the con­sid­er­a­tion of the Law «On rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the agree­ment be­tween the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan and the Kyr­gyz Re­pub­lic on the Uzbek-Kyr­gyz State Bor­der (Bishkek, Septem­ber 5, 2017)» adopted in pur­suance of the Ac­tion Plan (Roadmap) on the timely and full-scale im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ments reached dur­ing the state visit of the Pres­i­dent of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan to the Kyr­gyz Re­pub­lic on Septem­ber 5-6, 2017.

Next, the sen­a­tors ex­am­ined the Law «On amend­ments and ad­denda to cer­tain leg­isla­tive acts of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan» de­vel­oped in ac­cor­dance with the state pro­gram «Year of di­a­logue with the peo­ple and of hu­man in­ter­ests». Then the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans con­sid­ered the is­sue of strength­en­ing mea­sures to en­sure the guar­an­teed la­bor rights of cit­i­zens in ac­cor­dance with the leg­is­la­tion of the re­pub­lic and in­ter­na­tional la­bor stan­dards.

This ini­tia­tive of the Se­nate is caused pri­mar­ily by the ur­gency of fur­ther strength­en­ing the guar­an­tees of la­bor rights of cit­i­zens in our coun­try.

As it was men­tioned, dur­ing the years of in­de­pen­dence a solid le­gal ba­sis was formed that cre­ated the con­di­tions for se­cur­ing in prac­tice the uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized right of ev­ery­one to work, free choice of work, and fair work­ing con­di­tions. These fun­da­men­tal so­cial rights en­shrined in in­ter­na­tional in­stru­ments are re­flected in the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan and na­tional leg­is­la­tion. They clearly es­tab­lished a ban on the use of child and forced la­bor.

Uzbek­istan be­ing a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ILO) has rat­i­fied 14 con­ven­tions of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, in­clud­ing the pro­hi­bi­tion of child and forced la­bor, the pro­vi­sions of which were con­sis­tently im­ple­mented into na­tional leg­is­la­tion.

Uzbek­istan es­tab­lished close and fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion with the ILO in this field. In par­tic­u­lar, the Coun­try Pro­gram on De­cent Work in Uzbek­istan for 2017-2020 is cur­rently be­ing re­al­ized pro­vid­ing for a set of mea­sures to pro­tect the rights of cit­i­zens in the field of la­bor re­la­tions. Thanks to the con­struc­tive in­ter­ac­tion with the ILO, the in­ter­na­tional im­age of the coun­try was sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved and real progress was achieved.

The taken mea­sures have pos­i­tive re­sults. In par­tic­u­lar, child and forced la­bor are com­pletely erad­i­cated in the coun­try. Since 2014, Uzbek­istan is not men­tioned in the list of states that have se­ri­ous short­com­ings in ob­ser­vance of ILO con­ven­tions.

The sen­a­tors stressed that in the Strat­egy of Ac­tions of the devel­op­ment of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan along the five pri­or­ity di­rec­tions, one of the pri­or­i­ties is to pro­vide guar­an­tees for the re­li­able pro­tec­tion of cit­i­zens' rights and free­doms. Fur­ther strength­en­ing of guar­an­tees of la­bor rights of cit­i­zens be­came sep­a­rate and the most im­por­tant di­rec­tion of the great work in the Year of di­a­logue with the peo­ple and hu­man in­ter­ests.

As it was stressed, our coun­try, res­o­lutely reaf­firm­ing its com­mit­ment to in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions, ob­ser­vance of hu­man rights and free­doms and tak­ing un­der strict con­trol the con­tin­ued pro­vi­sion of guar­an­teed la­bor rights of cit­i­zens in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, is open to con­struc­tive in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in this field.

The par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing noted that in or­der to in­crease the ef­fec­tive­ness of all work to pre­vent the risks of forced la­bor at the present stage, it is nec­es­sary to en­sure the com­pre­hen­sive and sys­tem­atic na­ture of the mea­sures taken in the sphere of la­bor re­la­tions, to ef­fec­tively use the po­ten­tial of the so­cial part­ner­ship of state bod­ies with pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Fol­low­ing a thor­ough dis­cus­sion, the sen­a­tors ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to which the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sion on en­sur­ing the guar­an­teed la­bor rights of cit­i­zens is be­ing es­tab­lished. Jokargy Kenes (Supreme Coun­cil) of the Re­pub­lic of Karakalpak­stan, the Ken­gash (Coun­cil) of Peo­ple's Deputies of the re­gions and the city of Tashkent are rec­om­mended to form the ap­pro­pri­ate ter­ri­to­rial com­mis­sions. Spe­cific di­rec­tions of their ac­tiv­ity were de­ter­mined. In or­der to en­sure the open­ness of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sion and the es­tab­lish­ment of sys­tem­atic par­lia­men­tary con­trol, an or­der was in­tro­duced, ac­cord­ing to which it will reg­u­larly sub­mit the in­for­ma­tion on the re­sults of the study of the ac­tiv­i­ties of heads of state bod­ies, other or­ga­ni­za­tions in the cen­tral ad­min­is­tra­tion and in places to en­force leg­is­la­tion and in­ter­na­tional agree­ments of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan re­lated to se­cur­ing the guar­an­teed la­bor rights of cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing omit­ting the use of forced la­bor to the ple­nary ses­sion of the Se­nate of Oliy Ma­jlis. Ter­ri­to­rial com­mis­sions will reg­u­larly sub­mit rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion to the Jokargy Kenes of the Re­pub­lic of Karakalpak­stan, the re­gional and Tashkent city Ken­gashes of Peo­ple's Deputies for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­cree, an­nual in­for­ma­tion on the mea­sures taken by the pub­lic Uzbek­istan to en­sure the guar­an­teed la­bor rights of cit­i­zens in ac­cor­dance with the law and in­ter­na­tional la­bor stan­dards, will be dis­trib­uted as of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The res­o­lu­tion of the Se­nate spec­i­fies that through the con­sular in­sti­tu­tions of our coun­try abroad, in­for­ma­tion about the largescale work car­ried out in the coun­try to en­sure the guar­an­teed la­bor rights of cit­i­zens will be brought to the at­ten­tion of the world com­mu­nity and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

As a re­sult of the dis­cus­sion, the par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing called on in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions to ob­jec­tiv­ity when as­sess­ing the mea­sures taken in Uzbek­istan to pre­vent forced la­bor.

Dur­ing the twelfth ple­nary ses­sion, eight is­sues within the com­pe­tence of the Se­nate were con­sid­ered, in­clud­ing the ap­proval of two laws aimed at rad­i­cally im­prov­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of the on­go­ing re­forms in the coun­try.

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