Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to consider granting NPOs status of foreign agent
The Kyrgyz parliament (Jogorku Kenesh) will consider a bill regulating the activities of non-governmental organizations (NPOs) and their state registration, press service of the Jogorku Kenesh reports.
It was developed in order to ensure openness and publicity of the activities of non-profit organizations that perform the functions of a foreign representative and are financed from foreign sources.
The justification certificate for the project states that currently there are 18,500 NPOs registered in the country.
According to a number of deputies, “a significant part of them, contrary to the constituent documents, interferes in the political life of the state, participating, including through funding, in organizing and conducting political actions in the Kyrgyz Republic.”
Kyrgyz parliamentarians are reportedly not satisfied with the wording of NPOs as “public relations arising in connection with the creation, activities, reorganization, and liquidation of non-profit organizations, including foreign ones, operating in the country”.
After the amendments made to the draft law, a foreign NPO will be recognized as an organization that does not make a profit as the main purpose of its activity, created outside the Kyrgyz Republic, the founders and participants of which are not state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The amendments being introduced are almost completely copied from the Russian law on foreign agents.
Lawyers from the Adilet legal clinic and the Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan human rights movement previously stated that the adoption of the scandalous bill could lead to the liquidation of the civil sector. But the Kyrgyz authorities did not react in any way to the comments of lawyers and human rights activists.