Conference on the policy to combat corruption and prevention strategies held on 1-2 March 2022 in Tashkent

UzbekistanThe Uzbek government has been pursuing a strategy to combat corruption for a while, and has launched state programmes and respective regulations including laws and compliance control provisions for state institutions to combat corruption. As the criminal prosecution authority, the General Prosecutor´s Office is exposed to the offences, and is also responsible for enforcing the relevant regulations. The IRZ and the General Prosecutor’s Office organised a conference in Tashkent on the policy to combat corruption and prevention strategies due to the major importance of this topic in terms of legal policy. The General Director, Dr. Frauke Bachler and the responsible Head of Section, Angela Schmeink, attended in person.

The Ministry of Justice of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia represented by State Secretary for Justice, Dirk Wedel, also took an active participation in the event with relevant expertise. In addition, Horst Bien from the General Prosecutor´s Office in Düsseldorf and Günter Neifer, Head of Department at the General Prosecutor's Office also gave presentations on the German policies to combat corruption. Judicial Council Richard Bock and Veronika Kormann form the Federal Chamber of Notaries, outlined the system to combat money laundering in Germany. A lively professional exchange took place among the 120 participants, in which relevant registers recording (anonymous) whistleblowers and evidence of corruption in the public sector were discussed in addition to questions on the investigation and prosecution of corruption offences.

The German delegation also made a point of meeting the agency to combat corruption that was founded two years ago to prevent corruption. It has developed a wide range of instruments (such as procedures to promote transparency or the use of public funds) to nip corruption in the bud. It is also dedicated to raising awareness in civil society. Various other meetings with the General Prosecutor's Office, the Supreme Council of Judges, the Ministry of Justice and the Academy of the General Prosecutor's Office took place outside the meeting to explore the potential of current legal reforms for additional cooperation with the IRZ, which has been active in Uzbekistan for 12 years. The delegation was pleased about the great response and openness to impulses for international legal cooperation on the part of the Uzbek partner organisations.

Press release of the NRW Ministry of Justice:
https://www.justiz.nrw/Mitteilungen/2022_03_09_Besuch_Usbekistan_STS/index.php

Online exchange of experiences on “Parliamentary Control” in Berlin and Tashkent

Lively discussions were moderated by the Director of the Legislation Institute at the Parliament of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Fasilzhon Otakhonov (first row, centre). Also taking part in the discussions was Tolibzhon Madumarov (2nd from right), Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee for Defence and Security in the Parliament of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Lively discussions were moderated by the Director of the Legislation Institute at the Parliament of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Fasilzhon Otakhonov (first row, centre). Also taking part in the discussions was Tolibzhon Madumarov (2nd from right), Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee for Defence and Security in the Parliament of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
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On 20 October 2020, IRZ organised an online exchange of experiences in partnership with the Legislation Institute in the Parliament of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Both chambers of the Uzbek Parliament were represented at the event by high-ranking members. More than thirty participants were welcomed by Akmal Saidov, Vice-President of the Legislative Chamber, and Sainiddin Nizamkhodzhaev, Vice-President of the Senate in the Parliament of Uzbekistan. The exchange of experiences focussed on the subjects of “parliamentary control” and “the right of MPs to ask questions”. Acting as an IRZ expert, Volker Görg, Head of the parliamentary services department at the German Bundestag, gave a speech on the subject.

Strengthening the role of parliament and increasing the effectiveness of parliamentary control are specific objectives of the extensive reform programme in the Uzbek Legislative Chamber. German expertise in this complex of subjects, in particular on amendments to parliamentary rules of procedure on the rights of MPs to ask questions, allowed the Uzbek participants to make an in-depth legal analysis and comparison with German provisions. The discussions were moderated by the new Director of the Institute, Fasilzhon Otakhonov and covered the following topics:

  • Minor and major interpellations,
  • role of the parliamentary secretariat and
  • provisions for the admissibility and content of questions from members of the Bundestag.

The German expert expressed the view that this type of questioning is vital for the democratic legitimation of the actions of executive powers. After all, the government essentially has a duty to answer any questions put forward by members of parliament. According to the German Federal Constitutional Court, this obligation for the German government to respond is a prerequisite for the proper fulfilment of parliamentary control.

The online exchange of expertise made an important contribution towards establishing parliamentary control in Uzbekistan, which plays a fundamental role in states organised under democratic principles.

Conference and celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Uzbekistan

The German delegation under the leadership of Secretary of State Christian Lange (centre) with their Uzbek hosts
The German delegation under the leadership of Secretary of State Christian Lange (centre) with their Uzbek hosts
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To mark the 10th anniversary of the bilateral cooperation in legal matters with the Republic of Uzbekistan, a high-ranking delegation from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) and the IRZ visited Uzbekistan from 12 to 15 November 2018. The delegation leader was Christian Lange, Parliamentary Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and Vice-President of the Executive Board of the IRZ. To acknowledge the cooperation that has existed until now and to ensure its future, the IRZ organised a specialised conference on 14 November 2018 on the challenges of a modern criminal justice system and a celebratory event. High-ranking representatives from the justice system in Uzbekistan attended both events.

The IRZ started the cooperation with Uzbekistan, the first IRZ partner country in Central Asia, in 2008, offering advice on the development of a constitutional state. Criminal law has always been a focal point of the IRZ cooperation with its Uzbek partners, particularly with the General Prosecutor’s Office, and just recently at the anniversary conference.

Uzbek experts gave the participants an overview of the extensive proposed reforms in criminal law and criminal procedural law in Uzbekistan. Other important topics included guaranteeing fundamental rights in criminal law and criminal procedural law and enhancing the role of the defence in criminal proceedings. During a subsequent panel discussion, the simplification and acceleration of criminal proceedings and the digitalisation of the criminal investigation process and criminal proceedings were the main focus of the exchange.

Bilateral talks were also held with IRZ partners including the Ministry of Justice, the Tashkent State University of Law, the Supreme Court and the Training Centre for law professionals.

The long and trusting working relationship between the IRZ and the General Prosecutor’s Office has given rise to a Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed during the visit.