Uzbekistan to strengthen measures to protect tangible cultural heritage
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Senators approved a law “On amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the republic of Uzbekistan in connection with the enhanced protection of objects of the material cultural heritage”.
It was noted that the Criminal Code, the Code of Administrative Responsibility, the Tax Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as the List of activities for which licenses are required, are amended and supplemented.
Thus, amendments and addenda introduced to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan envisage increased responsibility for the destruction or damage to objects of tangible cultural heritage, taken under state protection, not only for the deliberate commission of an offense that caused major damage, but also for its commission through negligence, which caused both large and significant damage.
In addition, liability is established for the construction or destruction of protected cultural property real estate objects in protected areas in specially protected historical and cultural territories, including territories included in the World Heritage List by their historical and cultural value, and their protected areas, buildings, structures and other objects, which are not considered objects of tangible cultural heritage, etc.
The Code of Administrative Responsibility is amended to increase liability for violation of the rules for the protection and use of tangible cultural heritage, not only for deliberate commission of an offense, but also for its commission through negligence.
The Tax Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan is supplemented by norms, envisaging the exemption of the Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan and its regional departments from payment of state fees in civil courts, economic and administrative courts for claims and applications in the interests of safeguarding and wise use of objects of tangible cultural heritage, and for the protection and wise use of tangible cultural heritage, respectively.
Senators emphasized that the adoption of the Law will contribute to the conservation of objects and territories inscribed on the World Heritage List on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the preservation of their uniqueness, invaluable contribution to world culture and history, as well as the education of future generations. The law is approved by senators.