Uzbek President signs CRC law
Tashkent, Uzbekistan - December 10, 2007
The Uzbek President, Mr. Islam Karimov, today signed the law on “Guaranties of the rights of the child”, which was approved by the Uzbek senate.
This is an important step in bringing the national legislation in compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which the Government of Uzbekistan ratified in 1992. Uzbekistan has now become the forth country in the Central Asian region which has adopted such a national law.
The drafting of the law was a follow up to the recommendations to the Republic of Uzbekistan made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva. The law was developed by a multi-sectoral working-group consistig of different ministries and state and public organizations.
UNICEF, upon request from the Uzbek Government, supported the drafting of the law by providing international experts to the working-group. UNICEF representatives joined the Parliament’s hearings and organized a series of meetings together with the National Human Rights Centre in the regions of Uzbekistan to raise awareness for the CRC law among students, state officials and public organizations at the local level. UNICEF also supported children’s participation in the discussion of this law during the sessions of the Youth Parliament.
The law went through a series of reviews by the ministries and national institutions and is currently the outline framework for children's rights as reflected in the CRC. It covers such areas as "rights of the child to family environment", "to be protected when he/she is in conflict with law", establishment of an independent monitoring mechanism on children rights, etc. The adoption of the law envisages further development of specials laws and by-laws.
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