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Uzbekistan has dedicated counterterrorism legislation in place. There are different definitions in a 2000 law and the Criminal Code.

Compliance with International Law:
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The Definition of Terrorism in Domestic Law

The Criminal Code defines terrorism as follows:

violence, the use of force, other acts that create a danger to a person or property, or the threat of their implementation to compel a State body, international organization, their officials, an individual or legal entity to commit or refrain from committing any activity in order to complicate international relations, violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity, undermining the security of the state, provoking war, armed conflict, destabilizing the socio-political situation, intimidating the population.Art. 155, Criminal Code of Uzbekistan.

Article 2 of the 2000 Law on Combating Terrorism defines “terrorism” as

violence, a threat of violence or other criminal acts, posing threat to human life and health, threat of destruction (damage) of property and other material objects, aiming to force a State, an international organization, an individual or a legal entity to commit or restrain from certain actions, complicate international relations, violate sovereignty and territorial integrity, undermine national security, provoke armed conflicts, intimidate population, cause socio-political destabilization, achieve political, religious, ideological and other objectives that entail liability under the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

Adherence to Global and Regional Terrorism Treaties


Uzbekistan is a State Party to all of the main United Nations treaties on terrorism.


Adherence to Global Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
1973 Convention on Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons State Party
1979 Hostage-Taking Convention State Party
1997 Terrorist Bombings Convention State Party
1999 Terrorist Financing Convention State Party
2005 Nuclear Terrorism Convention State Party


There is no regional treaty on terrorism to which Uzbekistan can adhere.

Laws and Penalties for Terrorist Offences

Life imprisonment is imposable for certain terrorism offences. The minimum sentence under the Criminal Code is eight years in prison.Art. 155, Criminal Code of Uzbekistan.

Counterterrorism Capacities and Policies at Domestic Level

Uzbekistan's national security forces have dedicated counterterrorism expertise. In 2018, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) trained Uzbek law enforcement officers on human rights and counterterrorism policing.


Criminal Code of Uzbekistan (English translation)

OSCE ODIHR Comments on the 2000 Anti-Terrorism Law

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Countering Terrorism in Uzbekistan