In the Spirit of En­gaged Dis­cus­sion

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TODAY IN UZBEKISTAN -

At the reg­u­lar gen­eral ses­sion of the Leg­isla­tive Cham­ber of the Oliy Ma­jlis, the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans con­sid­ered a wide range of is­sues.

In par­tic­u­lar, the bills aimed at le­gal sup­port of the re­forms car­ried out in the coun­try in ac­cor­dance with the Ac­tion Strat­egy were dis­cussed.

The is­sues in­cluded in the agenda of the lower house of the par­lia­ment were thor­oughly stud­ied at meet­ings of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and deputy groups from the Eco­log­i­cal Move­ment of Uzbek­istan, com­mit­tees of the Leg­isla­tive Cham­ber with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of min­istries and de­part­ments, civil so­ci­ety in­sti­tu­tions.

The ple­nary ses­sion be­gan with a dis­cus­sion in the sec­ond read­ing a draft law “On the In­tro­duc­tion of Amend­ments and Ad­denda to cer­tain Leg­isla­tive Acts of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan in con­nec­tion with the stream­lin­ing of the ap­proval mech­a­nism, cloth­ing man­u­fac­ture and wear­ing for­mal cloth­ing (uni­forms).”

This bill is de­signed to stream­line the mech­a­nisms for ap­prov­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and wear­ing uni­forms. They are amended and added to the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Li­a­bil­ity Code, the laws “On State Cus­toms Ser­vice”; “On State Tax Ser­vice” and “On the Ex­e­cu­tion of Ju­di­cial Acts and Acts of Other Bodies”. The Ad­min­is­tra­tive Li­a­bil­ity Code is sup­ple­mented by an ar­ti­cle on re­spon­si­bil­ity for the il­le­gal wear­ing of ap­proved sam­ples of mil­i­tary, agency and spe­cial uni­forms of ser­vice­men and em­ploy­ees of min­istries, agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Af­ter that, the deputies at con­sid­ered in the sec­ond read­ing a draft law aimed at pre­vent­ing fam­ily di­vorces, in­clud­ing by strength­en­ing the role of the ma­halla on this is­sue. MPs stressed that cur­rently, at ci­ti­zens’ gath­er­ings there are con­cil­i­a­tion com­mis­sions, which deal with the so­lu­tion of fam­ily problems through rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­fore their case con­sid­ered at courts.

In ac­cor­dance with new leg­is­la­tion, the Fam­ily Code of the Repub­lic in­tro­duces amend­ments and sup­ple­ments aimed at es­tab­lish­ing a rule for no­ti­fi­ca­tion by the courts and regis­trar of­fices of the con­cil­i­a­tion com­mis­sions about the ex­is­tence in their pro­ceed­ings of cases re­lated to di­vorce. This mea­sure will al­low the ma­halla ac­tivists to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about pos­si­ble di­vorces in ad­vance and try to rec­on­cile the spouses.

Then the deputies con­sid­ered in the first read­ing a draft law aimed at strength­en­ing ca­pac­ity of par­lia­men­tary and deputy con­trol and con­tribut­ing to the timely and qual­i­ta­tive con­sid­er­a­tion of par­lia­men­tary re­quests by state bodies.

This is­sue was ini­ti­ated by the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev at the meet­ing with deputies, sen­a­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of po­lit­i­cal par­ties on July 12, 2017. It was noted that deputies of the Leg­isla­tive Cham­ber in 2017 sent 284 deputies' re­quests. How­ever, sta­tis­tics show that an­swers came with a vi­o­la­tion of the dead­lines (term) for 100 deputy in­quiries the, and by 24 are not rep­re­sented at all.

At the meet­ing in the first read­ing a draft law “On the In­tro­duc­tion of Amend­ments and Ad­denda to cer­tain Leg­isla­tive Acts of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan” is also con­sid­ered, which pro­vides for the in­tro­duc­tion of amend­ments and ad­di­tions to the Crim­i­nal Code and the Civil Code of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan.

The Law “On Com­bat­ing Traf­fick­ing in Hu­man Be­ings” stip­u­lates that vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing in ac­cor­dance with the leg­is­la­tion of the Repub­lic were im­mune from civil, ad­min­is­tra­tive and crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity for acts com­mit­ted un­der duress or threat. But in the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion there are no le­gal mech­a­nisms for im­ple­ment­ing this norm. The draft law, con­sid­ered by the deputies, was drafted by the Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral’s Of­fice in ac­cor­dance with the Pres­i­dent's De­cree “On mea­sures for fur­ther im­prove­ment of the crime preven­tion and com­bat­ing sys­tem” of March 14, 2017, to ad­dress this gap. Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans stressed that this bill is cru­cial to pro­vide guar­an­tees and pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, held in the spirit of an in­ter­ested dis­cus­sion, the par­lia­men­tary fac­tions ex­pressed their po­si­tions on the con­sid­ered bills, which were adopted in the first read­ing.

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