Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbekistan: New Law On Detention Of Suspects

Posted by Info on 17/10/2011

The law “on keeping suspected criminals in custody during the investigation of a crime” came into force at the end of September. It is the first law ever introduced in Uzbekistan to establish the conditions of detention of individuals suspected of having committed a crime and those whose movements it is deemed necessary to restrict by detaining them in custody.

Lawyers are generally positive about the law, describing it as a genuine step forward compared to previous practices, which enabled conditions of detention to be dictated by intradepartmental instructions and orders.
“Compliance with this particular statute should, on the whole, make this an effective law. The scope of the law suggests that statute 18 will be fully incorporated into Regulations on Internal Order [regulation of custodial premises – editorial]”.

According to the article 19 of the new law managers of custodial institutions are required to inform detainees that any application or appeal they make to a state body will be handled by another institution.

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