In the Spirit of Engaged Discussion
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.