Senate hosts meeting with UN Special Rapporteur
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 19 September 2019, a meeting was held by the Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Tanzili Narbaeva with a delegation led by the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego Garcia-Sayan in the Senate.
During the meeting, it was noted that the world community is aware of the large-scale transformations in Uzbekistan, which are being carried out in accordance with the Strategy of Action in the five priority areas of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021.
Under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in recent years the country has achieved tremendous results in implementing priority areas for modernizing the country and liberalizing all spheres of society. Based on a constant and systematic dialogue with the people, new steps are being taken to ensure the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In particular, the judiciary system is consistently implementing reforms aimed at creating a modern justice system that meets international human rights standards.
Uzbekistan has ratified a number of UN conventions related to civil procedure, recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, as well as reconciliation and arbitration under the CSCE. At the same time, about 30 international bilateral treaties on legal assistance and legal relations in civil, family and criminal cases have been ratified.
The national legislation of the country is being improved to ensure the independence of the courts. Improving the legislative framework in this area allowed the adoption in 2017 of the Law “On the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan” as amended, the Law “On the High Judicial Council of the Republic of Uzbekistan”. In 2018, the Code of Administrative Procedure, the Economic Procedure Code and the Civil Procedure Code were revised. In addition, more than 25 decisions of the President and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan were adopted.
The creation in Uzbekistan of the High Judicial Council as an independent body with broad powers to promote and protect the independence of the judiciary ensures the observance of judicial discipline, relevant principles and rules in the selection, appointment and training of judges.
“We are impressed by the positive steps taken by Uzbekistan to ensure the independence of the judiciary, and we highly value the established national system of selection of judges, specialization of courts, and an objective distribution of court cases among judges,” Diego Garcia-Sayan emphasized.
The norms of UN documents are implemented in the procedural legislation of Uzbekistan, as well as in the laws “On advocacy” and “On guarantees of advocacy and the social protection of advocates”. In addition, decrees of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan dated May 1, 2008 “On measures to further reform the institution of the bar in the Republic of Uzbekistan”, and also dated May 12, 2018 “On measures to radically increase the effectiveness of the institution of the bar and expand the independence of lawyers” were adopted.
All this ultimately serves the practical implementation of the democratic principles of justice.
During the meeting, an exchange of views took place on issues related to the structure, organization and independent and impartial functioning of the judiciary, the administration of justice, the protection of subjects of the justice system, as well as equal access to justice and legal assistance, including from a gender perspective.