Tuesday, 21, August, 2018

The Plenum of the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan will prepare a resolution aimed at “ensuring the inevitability of punishment for the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and formation of a single judicial practice in this area”, the Supreme Court said.

On November 30 last year, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the Additional Measures to Strengthen Guarantees of Citizens' Rights and Freedoms in Judicial-Investigative Procedures Decree. In it, law enforcement and judicial authorities the inadmissibility of using the materials obtained with significant violations of procedural law or with illegal methods as evidence in criminal cases. Such violations and unacceptable methods include first and foremost the torture, psychological and physical pressure, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Such violations and unacceptable methods include torture, psychological and physical pressure, as well as other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (art. 235 of the Criminal Code, article 11 of the Criminal Procedure Code).

The results of judicial practice in 2016-2017 in reviewing cases involving the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment were examined at the meeting of the Plenum.

In order to eliminate the conditions that contributed to the commission of this crime by police officers, the Supreme Court presented a submission to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Report on state of affairs in ensuring the protection of human rights in the bodies of inquiry, preliminary investigation and in penal institutions has been submitted to the Prosecutor General's Office.

Judges of administrative courts when considering cases of administrative violations are recommended to pay attention to the existence of evidence, as well as the expediency of imposing administrative arrest.

To prevent crimes under Article 235 of the Criminal Code, all courts are instructed to intensify outreach among law enforcement and penal institutions officers.

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