Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
Section A. Special protection
In 2011, in its Initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child under the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, Uzbekistan stated:
Uzbekistan supports the Declaration and Plan of Action “A world fit for children” adopted by resolution S-27/2 of the special session of the United Nations General Assembly of 10 May 2002. With a view to giving every child a better future, Uzbekistan supports and is taking steps to implement item 7 of the Declaration calling for children to be protected from the horrors of armed conflict and item 43 (b) of the Plan of Action concerning the protection of children from the impact of armed conflict and compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights law.
In the report, Uzbekistan also stated:
10. Guided by international instruments of a military-political and humanitarian nature, Uzbekistan is taking consistent measures to protect children, who make up more than 40 per cent of the population, against the horrors of war and armed conflict and their consequences.
11. The provisions of the  Convention on the Rights of the Child and of its  Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict (hereinafter the “Protocol”) have been incorporated into the legislation and into the practice of State bodies, civil society organizations, officials, and citizens, including parents.
In the report, Uzbekistan further stated:
26. Uzbekistan acceded to the  Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict on 12 December 2008, the year that marked the sixtieth anniversary of the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Optional Protocol entered into force in the territory of Uzbekistan on 23 January 2009.
27. Since being ratified by the Uzbek parliament, the Optional Protocol, having become part of the country’s legal system, is subject to strict implementation by all State bodies, non-profit non-governmental organizations, enterprises, institutions, organizations, officials, and citizens.
28. In accordance with the International Treaties Act of 22 December 1995, the Government of Uzbekistan, ministries and departments, and other State bodies competent for matters regulated by the Optional Protocol must ensure that the obligations assumed under the Protocol are fulfilled (art. 28).
29. In implementing the provisions of the Optional Protocol, Uzbekistan is guided by all the instruments of international law ratified by the parliament in the military-political and humanitarian sphere, including the provisions of the  Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict.
30. The national legislation of Uzbekistan governing matters relating to the implementation of the Protocol includes the Constitution, the Rights of the Child (Safeguards) Act, the Universal Military Duty and Military Service Act, the Defence Act, the Citizens’ Petitions Act, the Human Rights and Freedoms (Reporting of Violations to the Courts) Act, the Code of Administrative Liability, the Criminal Code, and other laws and regulations.
In the report, Uzbekistan also stated:
Inasmuch as the legislation of Uzbekistan is in complete conformity with the provisions of article 38 of the  Convention on the Rights of the Child and its  Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, it is planned to intensify informational/awareness-raising, educational and publishing activities in this field, improve the efficiency of the national system for monitoring observance of the rights of the child, including in matters covered by the Optional Protocol, and stimulate the social partnership between the State and civil society institutions in this sphere.