Uzbekistan Constitution Day

Uzbekistan Constitution Day

December 8
On December 8, 1992, the new constitution of Uzbekistan was signed, creating a democratic system of government for the newly-independent country.
Uzbekistan was created in 1924 by the communist government of the Soviet Union. The traditional boundaries of Central Asia were redefined under the communists to make nationalistic or ethnic opposition to the central government more difficult. Uzbekistan remained a part of the Soviet Union until the collapse of the communist regime, becoming an independent nation in 1991.
On Constitution Day, the country's president usually broadcasts a message of greeting to the Uzbekistan people in which he reiterates the democratic ideals of the constitution and outlines what steps the government has taken to ensure those ideals are carried out.
On Constitution Day in 2007, the Uzbekistan senate passed a law liberalizing criminal punishments. Under this new law, women, young people under the age of 18, men over 60, and foreign citizens who have been arrested for a first crime will no longer be imprisoned. Prison sentences for nonviolent crimes were also reduced.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Uzbekistan to the United States
1746 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20036-1903
202-887-5300; fax: 202-293-6804
www.uzbekistan.org