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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

of December 2, 2019 No. ZRU-585

About volunteer activities

Accepted by Legislative house on November 6, 2019

Approved by the Senate on November 30, 2019

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Purpose of this Law

The purpose of this Law is regulation of the relations in the field of the organization and implementation of volunteer activities.

Article 2. Legislation on volunteer activities

The legislation on volunteer activities consists of this Law and other acts of the legislation.

If the international treaty of the Republic of Uzbekistan establishes other rules, than those which are stipulated by the legislation the Republic of Uzbekistan about volunteer activities then are applied rules of the international treaty.

Article 3. Basic concepts

In this Law the following basic concepts are applied:

the volunteer - the physical person performing volunteer activities;

group of volunteers - the voluntary group of persons consisting to ten people, formed for the purpose of joint implementation of volunteer activities to which the regulations established by this Law extend;

the coordinator of volunteers - the physical person designated by the organizer of volunteer activities, the volunteer organization or elected the volunteers who are part of group of volunteers, responsible for the organization of work of volunteers, coordination and control of their activities;

volunteering - implementation of voluntary activities by citizens, their groups or the volunteer organizations for the benefit of physical and (or) legal entities;

the volunteer share - the one-time action directed to the solution of specific socially directed, socially useful objective which is carried out by the volunteer organization, volunteers or group of volunteers;

the volunteer organization - the non-state non-profit organization created and performing volunteer activities according to the legislation;

volunteer activities - the voluntary socially directed, carried-out on free declaration of will, socially useful activities performed on a grant basis for the benefit of physical and (or) legal entities;

the organizer of volunteer activities - state governing bodies, public authorities on places, other organizations, and also the physical persons attracting volunteers independently or through the volunteer organizations.

Article 4. Purposes and tasks of volunteer activities

The purposes of volunteer activities are assistance to physical persons and legal entities, society in general, environment protection, participation in socially significant actions with the consent of their organizers, forming of civic stand, self-organization, feeling of social responsibility, solidarity, mutual assistance and mercy in society.

Tasks of volunteer activities are:

forming of mechanisms of involvement of citizens in the diverse public work directed to improvement of quality of life of the population;

assistance to society in the solution of social tasks;

development and support of the citizens' initiatives directed to the organization of volunteer activities;

forming at the population of skills of healthy lifestyle, education of sense of patriotism;

receipt by citizens of skills of self-realization and self-organization for the solution of social tasks.

Article 5. Basic principles of volunteer activities

Volunteer activities are based on the principles of legality, humanity, equality, voluntariness, gratuitousness.

Article 6. Forms and main directions of volunteer activities

Volunteer activities can be performed in shape:

individual volunteer activities;

volunteer activities as a part of group of volunteers;

volunteer activities through the volunteer organization.

Volunteer activities are performed in the following directions:

provision of the volunteer help for the purpose of support of needy, jobless, having many children, homeless, neglected persons, and also persons needing social resettlement;

implementation of patient care, persons with disability, lonely, aged and other persons who owing to the physical, material or other features need support and the help;

assistance to the citizens who were injured owing to emergency situation of natural or technogenic nature in case of introduction of particular treatment, emergency state, as a result of the social conflicts, accidents, and also to the victims of crimes, refugees;

assistance to persons who owing to the physical or other features are limited in realization of the rights and legitimate interests;

holding the actions connected with environmental protection, preserving cultural heritage, the historical and cultural circle, places of burial;

assistance to holding the actions of national and international value connected with the organization of mass sporting, cultural and other public events;

provision of the volunteer help to Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan, to other military departments, law enforcement agencies, public authorities on places during action of the special period and legal regimes of emergency state.

Volunteer activities can be performed also in other directions which are not forbidden by the legislation.

Article 7. Volunteer program

The volunteer program is package of measures, the socially oriented, socially useful tasks directed to the decision, with indication of actions and the expected results which are carried out by the volunteer organization, volunteers or group of volunteers.

The program shall contain the actions directed on:

development of volunteer activities;

development of incentive system of volunteer activity of citizens and volunteer organizations;

enhancement of system of training of volunteers and coordinators of volunteers;

enhancement of system of partnership between various volunteer organizations and non-state non-profit organizations using volunteer work.

Article 8. Accounting of volunteer activities

The organization of accounting of volunteer activities is performed according to the procedure, determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Accounting of volunteer activities has voluntary and notifying character.

Chapter 2. State regulation in the sphere of volunteer activities

Article 9. Powers of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the sphere of volunteer activities

Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan:

provides implementation of single state policy in the sphere of volunteer activities;

develops the state target programs in the sphere of volunteer activities;

directs and coordinates work of the state bodies performing state policy in the sphere of volunteer activities;

develops mechanisms of support and stimulation of volunteer activities;

promotes development of international cooperation and experience exchange in the sphere of volunteer activities.

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