Legislative Trends and New Developments




last updated February 2009




In its 2008 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the United States’ Department of State said the Uzbek parliament adopted a “comprehensive” anti-human trafficking law in March 2008.  This new law enables coordination among government ministries, increases funding for victim protection and assistance, and prevents the prosecution of victims.  The TIP also noted that the government adopted ILO Conventions 138 (on minimum age of employment) and 182 (on elimination of the worst forms of child labor) in March 2008.


Gender Equality


The Uzbek government has drafted but not yet passed a law on the Equal Rights and Opportunities, which seeks to ensure gender equality in the economic, political, social and cultural areas of life. The stated purpose of the law is to promote equal rights, equal opportunities, equal legal liability, and equal partnership and cooperation in all areas for both men and women. In addition, the law seeks to prevent all forms of discrimination, with the exception of positive discrimination in employment. The law also provides a definition of sexual harassment, as "offensive conduct, expressed verbally or physically and based on sexual intentions, with respect to the person in connection with his/her working, office or other subordination-based relations."


Compiled from:


Legislation Online, Uzbekistan, Law on Equal Rights and Opportunities (Draft law, proposed 2002) (posted 27 June 2005).


U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Trafficking in Persons Report 2008: Uzbekistan (4 June 2008).