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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

of July 5, 2021 No. ZRU-699

About liberty of conscience and the religious organizations

Accepted by Legislative house on May 4, 2021

Approved by the Senate on June 26, 2021

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Purpose of this Law

The purpose of this Law is regulation of the relations in the field of providing liberty of conscience, and also regulation of activities of the religious organizations.

Article 2. Legislation on liberty of conscience and religious organizations

The legislation on liberty of conscience and the religious organizations consists of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, 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 liberty of conscience and the religious organizations then are applied rules of the international treaty.

Article 3. Basic concepts

In this Law the following basic concepts are applied:

religious educational institution - the organization relating to certain faith, created by the central governing body of the religious organizations for the Republic of Uzbekistan for training of professional attendants of the religious organizations and necessary religious personnel for them;

the religious organization - the voluntary consolidation of citizens registered in accordance with the established procedure created for the purpose of joint shriving of belief, making of church services, religious practices and ceremonies which is not pursuing commercialization (profits) as main objective of the activities and not distributing the gained income (profit) between her participants (members) (the local religious organization, religious educational institution and the central governing body of the religious organization for the Republic of Uzbekistan);

the central governing body of the religious organizations for the Republic of Uzbekistan - the religious organization created by the registered local religious organizations operating in at least in eight administrative and territorial units of the Republic of Uzbekistan (the area, the city of Tashkent, the Republic of Karakalpakstan) for the purpose of coordination of activities of the local religious organizations, and also religious educational institutions of one faith;

the local religious organization - the religious organization (mosques, churches, synagogues, monasteries and others) performing activities in the territory of areas, the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the city of Tashkent, the area or the city, created at the initiative of at least fifty citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan who are constantly living in the territory of the respective region (city) of the Republic of Uzbekistan, reached eighteen years;

missionary work - activities for forced planting of religious views and distribution of the religious doctrine by purposeful rendering ideological impact on person (group of persons) for the purpose of its address to the religion;

illegal religious activities - activities without passing of registration as the religious organization, implementation of activities by the religious organization outside the location, including cult and prayful buildings and the territories belonging to the religious organization, and also occupation religious educational activities in private procedure outside religious educational institutions;

religious professional education - the process directed to provision by the student of religious knowledge of certain faith in religious educational institutions;

proselytism - the form of missionary activities which is expressed in the address of believers of one faiths to others.

Chapter 2. Bases of providing liberty of conscience

Article 4. Providing liberty of conscience

Liberty of conscience is the guaranteed constitutional right of citizens to practise any religion or not to profess any.

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