Related Rule
Uzbekistan
Practice Relating to Rule 137. Participation of Child Soldiers in Hostilities
In 2010, in its combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Uzbekistan stated:
The definition of the child in article 3 of the [2008 Rights of the Child (Safeguards)] Act fully coincides with the one provided in article 1 of the [1989] Convention [on the Rights of the Child], namely every human being below the age of 18 unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier. 
Uzbekistan, Combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, 26 January 2012, UN Doc. CRC/C/UZB/3-4, submitted 22 February 2010, § 310.
In the report, Uzbekistan also stated: “Since every child has an inalienable right to life and health care, Uzbekistan opposes children’s participation in armed conflicts and their recruitment for military service.” 
Uzbekistan, Combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, 26 January 2012, UN Doc. CRC/C/UZB/3-4, submitted 22 February 2010, § 919.
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 opposes the recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts in violation of the rules of international law and has established criminal liability for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes with a view to safeguarding the life, health and welfare of children and protecting their interests. 
Uzbekistan, Initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child under the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, 26 January 2012, UN Doc. CRC/C/OPAC/UZB/1, submitted 24 January 2011, § 12.
In the report, Uzbekistan also stated:
26. Uzbekistan acceded to the [2000] 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 [1948] Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Optional Protocol entered into force in the territory of Uzbekistan on 23 January 2009.
68. 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.
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69. Uzbekistan fully recognizes and supports the provisions of the Protocol intended to ensure that servicemen who have not attained the age of 18 years do not take a direct part in hostilities. 
Uzbekistan, Initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child under the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, 26 January 2012, UN Doc. CRC/C/OPAC/UZB/1, submitted 24 January 2011, §§ 26 and 68–69.