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On the eve of the award ceremony, on December 9, representatives of these human rights organizations spoke at a press conference in Oslo for journalists and supported the idea of an international tribunal for Vladimir Putin for crimes in Ukraine.
“I have no doubt that sooner or later Putin will appear before the people's court,” Alexandra Matviychuk, head of the Center for Civil Liberties, expressed her confidence. The Ukrainian human rights activist said that Russia uses war crimes in Ukraine as a method of warfare: this is how its military tries to break people's resistance. According to her, the widespread use of such methods against the civilian population is the result of impunity for war crimes that Russia has been committing for decades in many countries of the world, including in Syria. The human rights activist also noted that Putin and Lukashenko use the same lawless methods to suppress protests in their own countries.
“They think they can do whatever they want. And now we must break this circle of impunity, form an international tribunal and make Lukashenka, Putin and other perpetrators accountable - not only for the sake of Ukrainians, but also for the sake of other countries and peoples of the world, ”said Oleksandra Matviychuk.
She specifically expressed solidarity with the women of Iran: “I know that in many countries of the world right now many people are also fighting for freedom and democracy. And I want to express solidarity with the brave women of Iran. Women are always at the forefront of the fight for human dignity.”
Yan Rachinsky, Chairman of the Board of the International Society "Memorial", expressed his confidence that crimes cannot go unpunished: his human rights organization was recognized as "undesirable" in Russia and banned. According to him, the punishment will be inevitable both for those who give orders and for those who carry them out. “This is important for the whole society: for the society to understand that crimes will be punished. This allows people to fight fear, which is much greater today than it was in 1987, during the years of perestroika. The idea of perestroika was to include society in the work on the future. Unfortunately, since the mid-1990s, work has gone in the opposite direction in Russia - more work on the past, work on keeping the future in the hands of a small group. That is why it is important to ensure that specific war crimes are also punished,” he said.
Let us recall that France, together with European and Ukrainian partners, has begun work on the creation of a special tribunal for Russia's crimes in Ukraine. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, supported his idea, saying that Russia must pay "for its terrible crimes, including the crime of aggression against a sovereign state." However, Gennady Gatilov, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Geneva Headquarters, such a tribunal would require sanctions from the UN Security Council, which Russia, as a member of the Security Council, naturally will not give.
Belarus also commits crimes against its own citizens every day, stressed in Oslo the wife of the founder of the Viasna human rights center Ales Byalyatsky, Natalia Pinchuk, who came to Oslo instead of her husband arrested in Belarus.
“I would like to hope that the award will change people's lives, but, unfortunately, the repressions continue. Every night, every day in Belarus people are taken away,” she said. According to Natalia Pinchuk, this is a problem for every family, because repression affects both children and women. As examples, she cited the arrest for political reasons of a woman in Gomel, whose minor child is being taken to a boarding school, and the conditions of detention of women in a prison in the Vitebsk region:
“It's so cold there, and women are not allowed to sleep or warm up. Women began to use pads to sit on metal frames that should have mattresses, but they don't. When the prison staff noticed this, they took the pads away,” Pinchuk said, adding: “Prisons, in fact, have introduced such a system of torture, through which people lose their health, and from there they come out disabled.”
world experience – News of Uzbekistan – Gazeta.uz
In Uzbekistan, the process of introducing amendments and additions to the Constitution, initiated by the Liberal Democratic Party (UzLiDeP) and the Milliy Tiklanish Democratic Party, is gaining momentum.
A constitutional commission for the reform of the Constitution was established, headed by Akmal Saidov. He managed to reproach Internet users discussing the need for amendments to the Basic Law of being illiterate and said that now the “specter of constitutional reforms is wandering around the world”, citing the example of the United States, where the last change to the constitution was adopted 30 years ago.
Deputy Chairman of the Senate Sadyk Safaev said that without changing the Constitution it would be impossible to carry out the overdue major reforms. He cited as an example the question that the inhabitants of the country have been asking for many years: how long will khokims lead both the executive and representative authorities? There are actually such gaps in the Constitution.
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Otabek Bakirov, an economist and author of the Bakiroo Telegram channel, recalled that previous constitutional reforms in Uzbekistan were used more than once to circumvent the requirements of Article 90 of the Constitution, which prohibits the same person from holding the presidency for more than two consecutive terms, and "zeroing out" presidential terms.
In 1995, a year before the expiration of the powers of the first president, Islam Karimov, a referendum was held in Uzbekistan to extend the powers of the president until 2000. The President stated that he considers the results of the referendum to be equivalent to re-election for a second term, but in the elections of 2000 his candidacy was put forward again. In 2003, the Constitution was amended, including the extension of the presidential term from five to seven years and the holding of presidential elections on the first Sunday of the third decade of December in the year of the expiration of the president's powers, but the restriction to two consecutive terms remained in force.
Nevertheless, in 2007 Islam Karimov was once again nominated for the highest state post. The OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission, in its interim report, wrote that “according to the position of the Central Election Commission, President Karimov, after the adoption of the Constitution in 1992, was elected only once, in 2000, and thus has the right to be re-elected in in accordance with Article 90 of the Constitution. "
Despite the fact that the CEC considered the elections in 2007 the second (and, accordingly, the last) presidential term of Islam Karimov, his candidacy was again put forward in the 2015 elections. The limited mission of the OSCE/ODIHR in its report assessed this as “a violation of the general principle of the rule of law” and wrote in the recommendations that “the Constitution must be respected, and the Constitutional Court, as an appointed body, must interpret the norms of the Constitution.”
The day before, at a meeting of the constitutional commission, it was reported that most of the amendments proposed by the public in a few days relate to articles 13,15, 29, 37, 40, 41, 53, 78 and 80 of the Constitution. That is, at the moment the issue of changing Article 90 is not being discussed. This was also noted by the press secretary of the constitutional commission Odiljon Turdiev.
There are dozens of examples of "zeroing" in the world
Uzbekistan is not the only country where "zeroing" attempts have been made. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Law in the United States studied and systematized 60 such attempts in different countries.
According to the authors of the study, the most common strategy for circumventing constitutional restrictions was to amend the constitution - in more than 60% of all attempts to "zero" studied, of which 60% were successful, this strategy was used. In 8% of cases, a new constitution was adopted to declare that previous terms under the old constitution do not count (the "blank slate" theory) - all such cases were successful.
Changes to the constitution for "zeroing" can range from removing term limits to changing the number of terms or changing the period of a term, or a combination of several changes. For example, changes to Article 45 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, adopted in 2018, remove the two-term limit for the president and vice president of the country. While the change was overwhelmingly accepted, some critics expressed concern that it would "sow the seed of chaos" and "be judged as a farce by historians. "
In 2004, shortly before the end of the second term of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the provision on limiting the presidential term to two five-year terms was removed from the country's constitution. The third and fourth terms of Lukashenka were accompanied by financial crises, and the sixth began with mass protests.
An interesting case of "zeroing" is the permission for a specific person to be re-elected regardless of constitutional restrictions. For example, despite Article 197 of the Colombian constitution, which states that "any citizen who has served as president cannot be elected president", in 2015 Alvaro Uribe obtained permission for re-election under the pretext of "continuing the fight against radical left forces", but in 2010 year he was denied an attempt to be re-elected for a third term. His presidency has been viewed as controversial, and he was later charged with corruption and witness bribery.
Article 65 of the Tajik constitution prohibits the same person from holding the highest government post for more than two consecutive terms of seven years, however, according to the changes adopted in 2016, this restriction does not apply to the Founder of Peace and National Unity - the Leader of the Nation, who, according to constitutional law is the incumbent President Emomali Rahmon.
The same exception - the right to stand for more than two terms - is guaranteed in Art. 42 of the constitution of Kazakhstan for the first president of the country - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, whose status is also determined by the constitutional law. Nazarbayev managed to stay in power for almost 30 years and, according to analysts, even after his voluntary resignation, he retained significant control over the country's political system. However, it is expected that after the adoption of the amendments initiated by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev after the January tragic events, Nazarbayev will lose the status of Elbasy and special privileges.
In 2020, numerous amendments to the constitution were adopted in Russia, one of which, proposed by the famous cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, was to reset all previous terms of Vladimir Putin to zero. After these amendments, the current President of Russia has the opportunity to run for another two terms after the expiration of his term in 2024. Some analysts note that over the long years of being in power, an “information bubble” has formed around Putin, where information that he may not like does not get into - and this lack of real information, among other things, led, according to experts, to an invasion of Ukraine.
Researchers cite a curious case of "zeroing" in Uganda: after coming to power after the civil war in 1986, President Yoweri Museveni removed the restrictions on the presidential term from the constitution, but forgot to remove the upper age limit, and in order to be able to be re-elected, I had to change the constitution again.
The authors of the study note the following success factors in constitutional reforms aimed at "zeroing": the level of concentration of power in the hands of the head of state and (or) his popularity among the people, as well as the relative ease of the procedure for changing the constitution.
However, they warn that seeming popularity in authoritarian countries can be deceiving: "authoritarian presidents can never be sure they are really popular, and there is always a risk that a little resistance will be successful.