The Constitution establishes norms for combating corruption

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July 1, 2022

The Constitution establishes norms for combating corruption

As is known, on 25 June this year, the draft Constitutional Law “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan” was submitted for public discussion.

Information and explanatory work regarding this project are carried out in all organizations and agencies, among the population. Representatives of various fields and experts express their views, opinions and proposals regarding constitutional reforms.

Legal Counsel of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan Utkir Nomozboyev also expressed his opinion on this issue:

– Our people are widely discussing the draft Constitutional Law “On introducing amendments and addenda to the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan”. It should be noted that more than 200 amendments and additions are being introduced to 64 articles of the Constitution. In particular, the draft Constitutional Law provides that no person can be punished twice for any one offense. In addition, the death penalty is prohibited in Uzbekistan. The inviolability of the personal rights and freedoms of citizens is being further strengthened.

I would like to emphasize that several important changes are being made to the Constitution in combating corruption, which today has become one of the main directions of state policy. In particular, the draft Constitutional Law establishes the institutional basis for the fight against corruption and its relationship with the Parliament.

The powers of the Parliament to consider the annual National report on combating corruption in the Republic of Uzbekistan are also enshrined at the constitutional level, and the procedure for approving by the Senate a decree on the appointment of the head of the Anti-Corruption Agency is determined.

The draft Constitutional Law also includes the most important factor in the fight against corruption – ensuring openness. In particular, the right of everyone to access the global information network and its free use is determined. At the same time, it is envisaged that the procedure for the formation and execution of the state budget will be based on the principles of openness and transparency, citizens and civil society institutions will establish public control over it.

The draft Constitutional Law clearly defines the composition of civil society institutions that play an important role in the fight against corruption. In other words, it is envisaged that mahallas, political parties, movements, mass media, trade unions, public funds and other public associations of citizens form the basis of civil society.

I would like to note that representatives of our agency took an active part in the development of the draft Constitutional Law, several proposals were reflected in it.

Interviewed by Mukhtarama Komilova, UzA