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of February 15, 1991 No. 223-XII

About public associations in the Republic of Uzbekistan

(The last edition from 18-04-2018)

Proceeding from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan is assigned by this Law to citizens as their inalienable right of freedom of creation of public associations.

Chapter I. General provisions

Article 1. Concept of public association

Public association is the voluntary forming which resulted from free declaration of will of the citizens who united for joint realization of their rights, freedoms and legitimate interests in the sphere of policy, economy, social development, science, culture, ecology and other areas of life.

Public associations political parties, grass-roots movements, labor unions, the women's, youth and children's organizations, the organizations of veterans and disabled people, scientific, technical, cultural and educational, sports and other volunteer societies, the creative unions, associations, associations and other associations of citizens are recognized.

Operation of this Law does not extend to the cooperative and other organizations pursuing commercial purposes or promoting generation of profit (income) by other companies and organizations on the religious organizations, self-government institutions of citizens, and also on other bodies, procedure for creation and which activities are determined by other legislation.

Article 2. Legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan on public associations

The legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan on public associations consists of this Law determining bases of legal status of public associations, the Law of the Republic of Karakalpakstan on public associations, other acts of the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Article 3. Purposes of creation of public associations

Public associations are created for the purpose of realization and protection of the civil, political, economic, social and cultural laws and freedoms; developments of activity and amateur performance of citizens, their participations in management of the public and public affairs; satisfaction of professional and amateur interests; developments of scientific, technical and art creativity; public health cares, participations in charity; carrying out cultural and educational, sports and improving and sports work; conservation, objects of cultural heritage; conservation, historical and cultural monuments; patriotic and humanistic education; expansions of interrepublican and international backgrounds, strengthenings of the world and friendship between the people; implementation of other activities which are not forbidden by the law.

Creation of public associations which activities are directed to destruction of moral principles of society, universal humanistic values, and also intended for unlawful alteration of the constitutional system or violation of unity of the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan, propaganda for war, violence and cruelty for incitement of the social, including class, and also racial, race and religious strife leading to split of society, making of other acts forbidden by the legislation is not allowed.

Creation of the public militarized associations and paramilitary groups, and also batches of religious nature, their branches and other structural divisions is forbidden.

Use of antidemocratic power pressure on legally and democratic way the created bodies of authority and management and carriers of powers of authority is forbidden by public associations and their bodies. Any attempts under the pretext of the democratic decision to put pressure upon legally functioning bodies of authority and management and officials are stopped by the law.

Creation and activities of the public associations encroaching on health and morality of the population, right and the interests of citizens protected by the law is pursued according to the law.

Article 4. Principles of creation and activities of public associations

Public associations are created and act on the basis of voluntariness, equality of their members (participants), self-government, legality and publicity.

All public associations, performing the functions provided by their charters, other acts are effective within the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, other laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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