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New Kyrgyzstan Law Could Mess with NGO Work, UN Warns

Ранее на этой неделе президент Кыргызстана Садыр Жапаров подписал закон об «иностранных представителях», в рамках которого власти могут осуществлять надзор за некоммерческими организациями. Он подразумевает, что НПО, занимающиеся так называемой «политической деятельностью» и получающие иностранное финансирование, должны регистрироваться в качестве «иностранных представителей». 

Невыполнение этого требования может привести к приостановке их деятельности на срок до шести месяцев и, возможно, к принудительной ликвидации.

Большинство НПО, действующих в Кыргызстане, получают гранты, в том числе от международных организаций и иностранных доноров, отметил Лоуренс. 

«Мы обеспокоены тем, что многие из пострадавших НПО могут почувствовать, что вынуждены закрыться, чтобы избежать стигматизации как “иностранные представители”, не подвергнуться произвольным проверкам со стороны властей и необходимости платить за ежегодные проверки», – сказал пресс-секретарь.  

Те, кто решит зарегистрироваться в качестве «иностранных представителей», в конечном итоге могут столкнуться с необходимостью самоцензуры. Это, в свою очередь, приведет к серьезному подавлению законной общественной деятельности, мониторинга в сфере прав человека, а также обсуждения вопросов, представляющих общественный интерес.

«Мы призываем власти отменить новый закон и обеспечить полное соблюдение международного права и стандартов в области прав человека во всех будущих законах», – заявил Лоуренс.  

«Мы также призываем власти провести по этому поводу конструктивные консультации со всеми соответствующими заинтересованными сторонами, включая организации гражданского общества и правозащитников», – подытожил он.

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  1. The new law in Kyrgyzstan regarding “foreign agents” is concerning. It could severely restrict the work of non-profit organizations operating in the country. Many NGOs rely on international funding and may now face forced registration as “foreign agents”, leading to potential shutdowns and self-censorship. We urge the authorities to reconsider this law and ensure compliance with international human rights standards in all future legislation.

  2. Do you think this new law will significantly impact the work of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan? What are the potential consequences for the civil society and human rights activities in the country?

    1. EmilySmith, the new law signed by President Sadyr Japarov in Kyrgyzstan is indeed concerning for NGOs operating in the country. The potential consequences could lead to significant restrictions on civil society and human rights activities, as organizations could face forced registration as “foreign agents” or even suspension of their activities. It is crucial for authorities to reconsider this law to ensure compliance with international standards and safeguard the essential work of NGOs in protecting human rights.

  3. Earlier this week, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, signed a law on “foreign agents”, which allows authorities to oversee non-governmental organizations. It implies that NGOs engaging in so-called “political activities” and receiving foreign funding must register as “foreign agents”. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the suspension of their activities for up to six months and possibly in compulsory liquidation. The majority of NGOs operating in Kyrgyzstan receive grants, including from international organizations and foreign donors, noted Lawrence. “We are concerned that many of the affected NGOs may feel compelled to shut down to avoid being stigmatized as “foreign agents”, to avoid arbitrary inspections by the authorities and the need to pay for annual inspections,” said the press secretary. Those who decide to register as “foreign agents” may ultimately face the need for self-censorship. This, in turn, will lead to a serious suppression of legitimate public activity, human rights monitoring, and discussions of issues of public interest. “We urge the authorities to repeal the new law and ensure full compliance with international law and human rights standards in all future laws,” Lawrence said. “We also call on the authorities to conduct a p

  4. Do you think this new law could severely impact the crucial work of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan? What measures can be taken to protect the rights of these organizations facing potential restrictions?

    1. As a journalist who has covered similar situations in the past, I believe this new law could indeed have a severe impact on the vital work of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan. It is crucial that measures are taken to protect the rights of these organizations facing potential restrictions, such as advocating for the repeal of this law and ensuring full compliance with international human rights standards in all future legislations.

  5. Earlier this week, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov signed the law on “foreign agents”, which allows authorities to supervise non-profit organizations. It implies that NGOs engaged in so-called “political activities” and receiving foreign funding must register as “foreign agents”. Non-compliance with this requirement may lead to suspension of their activities for up to six months and possibly to forced liquidation. Most NGOs operating in Kyrgyzstan receive grants, including from international organizations and foreign donors, noted Lawrence. “We are concerned that many of the affected NGOs may feel compelled to shut down to avoid being stigmatized as “foreign agents”, avoid arbitrary checks by authorities, and the need to pay for annual inspections,” said the press secretary. Those who decide to register as “foreign agents” may ultimately face the need for self-censorship. This, in turn, will lead to a serious suppression of legitimate public activities, human rights monitoring, and discussions of issues of public interest. “We call on the authorities to repeal the new law and ensure full compliance with international law and human rights standards in all future laws,” said Lawrence. “We also call on the authorities to conduct a p

  6. Could this new law in Kyrgyzstan really hinder the work of NGOs as the UN warns? What implications could it have on international organizations and their operations in the country?

    1. Yes, this new law poses a significant threat to the crucial work of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan. The potential repercussions on international organizations operating in the country could be severe, impacting their ability to carry out essential activities and potentially leading to self-censorship to avoid repercussions.

  7. Earlier this week, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov signed the law on “foreign agents,” under which authorities can monitor non-governmental organizations. It implies that NGOs engaged in so-called “political activities” and receiving foreign funding must register as “foreign agents.” Failure to comply with this requirement may result in suspending their activities for up to six months and possibly in forced liquidation. Most NGOs operating in Kyrgyzstan receive grants, including from international organizations and foreign donors, noted Lawrence. “We are concerned that many affected NGOs may feel compelled to shut down to avoid being stigmatized as ‘foreign agents,’ to avoid arbitrary checks by the authorities, and the need to pay for annual inspections,” said the spokesperson. Those who decide to register as “foreign agents” may eventually face the need for self-censorship. This, in turn, will lead to a significant suppression of legitimate public activities, human rights monitoring, and discussion of issues of public interest. “We call on the authorities to repeal the new law and ensure full compliance with international law and human rights standards in all future legislation,” Lawrence stated. “We also urge the authorities to conduct a

  8. Earlier this week, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov signed the law on “foreign agents”, which allows authorities to oversee non-profit organizations. It implies that NGOs engaging in so-called “political activities” and receiving foreign funding must register as “foreign agents”. Failure to comply with this requirement may lead to a suspension of their activities for up to six months and possibly to forced liquidation. Most NGOs operating in Kyrgyzstan receive grants, including from international organizations and foreign donors, noted Lawrence. “We are concerned that many affected NGOs may feel compelled to close to avoid being stigmatized as ‘foreign agents’, to avoid arbitrary checks by authorities and the need to pay for annual inspections,” said the press secretary. Those who decide to register as “foreign agents” may ultimately face the need for self-censorship. This, in turn, will lead to a serious suppression of legitimate public activities, human rights monitoring, and discussions of issues of public interest. “We urge the authorities to repeal the new law and ensure full compliance with international law and human rights standards in all future laws,” Lawrence said. “We also call on the authorities to conduct a p

  9. Do you think this new law will have a negative impact on the work of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan?

    1. Yes, I believe this new law could significantly hinder the vital work of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan. The increased scrutiny and potential repercussions for NPOs receiving foreign funding may lead to self-censorship and ultimately suppress legitimate public activities. It’s concerning that many organizations might feel compelled to shut down to avoid being labeled as “foreign agents” and subjected to intrusive government checks. We urge the authorities to revoke this law and uphold international human rights standards in all future legislation.

  10. Earlier this week, Kyrgyzstan’s President Sadyr Japarov signed a law on “foreign agents”, which allows authorities to monitor non-profit organizations. It implies that NGOs engaged in so-called “political activities” and receiving foreign funding should register as “foreign agents”. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in their activities being suspended for up to six months and possibly forcibly liquidated. Most NGOs operating in Kyrgyzstan receive grants, including from international organizations and foreign donors, noted Lawrence. “We are concerned that many of the affected NGOs may feel compelled to shut down to avoid being stigmatized as “foreign agents”, to avoid arbitrary checks by the authorities and the need to pay for annual inspections,” said the press secretary. Those who decide to register as “foreign agents” may ultimately face the need for self-censorship. This, in turn, will lead to a significant suppression of legitimate public activities, human rights monitoring, and discussions of issues of public interest. “We call on the authorities to repeal the new law and ensure full compliance with international law and human rights standards in all future laws,” Lawrence said. “We also urge the authorities to conduct a

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