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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

of May 1, 1998 No. 618-1

About liberty of conscience and religious organizations

(as amended on 18-04-2018)
Article 1. Purpose of this Law

The purpose of this Law is providing the right of everyone to liberty of conscience and religions, equalities of citizens irrespective of their relation to religion, and also regulation of the relations connected with 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.

The relations connected with providing liberty of conscience and activities of the religious organizations in the Republic of Karakalpakstan are regulated also by the legislation of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

If the international treaty of the Republic of Uzbekistan establishes other rules, than those which to contain in the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan on liberty of conscience and the religious organizations, then rules of the international treaty are applied.

Article 3. Conscience right to liberty

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

Any coercion in case of determination by the citizen of the relation to religion, is not allowed to confession or not confession of religion, to participation or nonparticipation in church services, religious practices and ceremonies, in receipt of religious education.

Involvement of minors in the religious organizations, and also training of their religion contrary to their will, will of the parents or persons replacing them is not allowed.

Implementation of freedom to practise religion or other beliefs is subject only to those restrictions which are necessary for ensuring national security and public order, life, health, morals, the rights and freedoms of other citizens.

Foreign citizens and stateless persons have right to liberty of conscience and religious liberty on an equal basis with citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan and bear the responsibility for violation of the legislation on liberty of conscience and the religious organizations established by the law.

Article 4. Equality of citizens irrespective of their relation to religion

Citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan irrespective of the relation to religion are equal before the law. Instruction in official documents on the citizen's relation to religion is not allowed. Any restriction of the rights and establishment of immediate or indirect advantages of citizens depending on their relation to religion, excitement of hostility and hatred or insult of feelings of citizens in connection with their religious or atheistic belief as defilement of the esteemed religious cult objects attract the responsibility established by the law.

Nobody can evade based on the religious beliefs from execution of the obligations established by the law. Replacement of execution of one obligation by another based on religious beliefs is allowed only in cases, stipulated by the legislation.

Article 5. Department of religion from the state

The religion in the Republic of Uzbekistan is separated the state. Establishment of any benefits or restrictions of one religion or religion in relation to others is not allowed.

The state promotes establishment of mutual tolerance and respect between the citizens who are practising various religions and not professing them between the religious organizations of various religions, does not allow the religious and other fanaticism and extremism, actions directed to opposition and strain of relations, kindling of hostility between various faiths.

The state maintains peace and harmony between religious faiths. The actions directed to the address of believers of one faiths to others (proselytism), and also any other missionary activities are forbidden. Persons guilty of violation of this rule bear the responsibility established by the legislation.

The state does not assign accomplishment of any state functions to the religious organizations, does not interfere with their activities if it does not contradict the legislation. The religious organizations do not perform the state functions. The state does not finance activities of the religious organizations and activities for promotion of atheism.

In the Republic of Uzbekistan creation and activities of political party and social movement for religious sign, and also branches and departments of the religious parties created out of the republic is not allowed.

The religious organizations shall observe requirements of the current legislation. Use of religion for the purpose of antistate, anticonstitutional promotion, excitement of hostility, hatred, ethnic strife, violation of moral principles and civil consent, distribution of the slanderous, destabilizing situation fabrications, creations of panic among the population and making of other actions directed against the state, society and the personality is inadmissible. Activities of the religious organizations, currents, sects and another promoting terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime, and also pursuing other mercenary aims are forbidden.

Any attempts to put pressure upon state governing bodies, officials, and also illegal religious activities are stopped by the law.

Article 6. Powers of state bodies and self-government institutions of citizens in relations with the religious organizations

Coordination of relations of state bodies with the religious organizations and control of execution of the legislation on liberty of conscience and the religious organizations are assigned to Committee on cases of religions under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Legal status of Committee is determined by the Provision approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokimiyats of areas, areas and cities, and also self-government institutions of citizens in the corresponding territory bear legal accountability for compliance with law about liberty of conscience and the religious organizations.

Article 7. Education system and religion

The education system in the Republic of Uzbekistan is separated religion. Inclusion of religious disciplines in training programs of education system is not allowed.

The right to secular education is provided to citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan irrespective of their relation to religion.

Article 8. Religious organizations

The religious organizations the voluntary associations of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan formed for the purpose of joint shriving of belief, making of church service, ceremonies and rituals are recognized (religious societies, religious educational institutions, mosques, churches, synagogues, monasteries and others).

The religious organization is created at the initiative of at least hundred citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan who reached eighteen-year age and constantly living in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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