EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

UN Human Rights Committe on Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 29/04/2010

The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially one year after acceding to the Covenant and then whenever the Committee requests (usually every four years). The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “concluding observations”.

98th Session

15. The Committee has noted the State party’s explanations on the scope of application of the notions of “terrorism” and “terrorist activities” as included in the State party’s Law on fight against terrorism (article 2) and the Criminal Code (article 155). While noting the State party’s affirmation that its anti-terrorist legislation is in full compliance with the provisions of the Covenant, the Committee remains concerned about how the Covenant’s guarantees apply in practice to persons suspected or charged with such crimes. The Committee also remains concerned regarding the number of persons reportedly detained as suspects of involvement in terrorist/extremist activities or on terrorist charges (arts. 9 and 14).

16. The Committee remains concerned that the judiciary is not fully independent in the State party, in particular owing to the fact that judges’ positions are renewed in effect by the Executive every five years (articles 2 and 14).

24. The State party should allow representatives of international organisations and NGOs to enter and work in the country and should guarantee journalists and human rights defenders in Uzbekistan the right to freedom of expression in the conduct of their activities.

27. The State party should widely disseminate the text of its third periodic report, the written responses it has provided in response to the list of issues drawn up by the Committee, and the present concluding observations to its judicial, legislative and administrative authorities, civil society and non-governmental organizations operating as well as among the general public. Hard copies of those documents should be distributed to universities, public libraries, and all other relevant places.

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