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Uzbekistan – Submission to the UN universal periodic review 44th session of the UPR working group of the human rights council April 2023

Our joint submission outlines the challenges in the implementation of international norms and standards and the legislation of Uzbekistan in addressing gender-based violence against women and girls, particularly domestic and sexual violence. The submission also provides recommendations to the members of the Human Rights Council for consideration for its follow-up on the preceding review.

Shortly after we submitted this submission, Uzbekistan adopted the new law against gender-based violence, which came into force in April 2023. Equality Now welcomed the adoption of this law, which conveys to society that violence against women and children is unacceptable. It reflected some of our recommendations, but there is still room for further changes to ensure better protection for women and girls in Uzbekistan.