Constitutional Provisions

Article 24 of the 1992 Constitution of Uzbekistan (as amended) guarantees the right to life:

The right to exist is the inalienable right of every human being. Attempts on anyone's life shall be regarded as the gravest crime.

Article 26 prohibits "torture, violence or any other cruel or humiliating treatment".

Article 33 governs the right of peaceful assembly:

All citizens shall have the right to engage in public life by holding rallies, meetings and demonstrations in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The bodies of authority shall have the right to suspend or ban such undertakings exclusively on the grounds of security.

Article 100 makes local authorities responsible for ensuring the observance of laws, maintaining law and order, and ensuring security of citizens. The Constitution does not directly regulate the actions of law enforcement agencies.

Treaty Adherence

Global Treaties

Adherence to Selected Human Rights Treaties
1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) State Party
ICCPR Optional Protocol 1 State Party
1984 Convention against Torture (CAT) State Party
Competence of CAT Committee to receive individual complaints No
CAT Optional Protocol 1 Not party
Adherence to International Criminal Law Treaties
1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Signatory

Regional Treaties

There is no regional human rights treaty to which Central Asian nations can become party. 

National Legislation

Police Use of Force

Law enforcement in Uzbekistan is carried out by national police under the Ministry of the Interior. In 2016, the President approved a law governing the police:  "On law enforcement agencies".

In September 2018, it was reported that Uzbekistan was seeking to learn from China when reforming its police force.

Police Oversight

There is no civilian independent police oversight body in Uzbekistan.



Views and Concluding Observations of United Nations Treaty Bodies

In its 2015 Concluding Observations on Uzbekistan, the Human Rights Committee stated that it remained concerned

about the lack of a full, independent and effective investigation into the mass killings, including of women and children, by military and security services during the Andijan events in May 2005, and regrets the State party’s assertion that the matter has been closed and would not be revisited, citing visits by two international officials without effective investigative powers.

It also regretted "the lack of clear information on the revision of the regulations governing the use of firearms by law enforcement and security forces".

In its 2013 Concluding Observations on Uzbekistan, the Committee against Torture stated that it was concerned

at the reports it has received that the authorities have perpetrated or acquiesced in, threatened to perpetrate and threatened to acquiesce in acts by other prisoners of sexual violence against individuals deprived of their liberty.


There is no regional human rights court with jurisdiction over police use of force in Uzbekistan.


1992 Constitution of Uzbekistan (as amended) (English translation)

2016 On Law Enforcement Agencies Act

Human Rights Committee Concluding Observations on Uzbekistan (2015)

Committee against Torture Concluding Observations on Uzbekistan (2013)