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Foreign agents: NGOs have 2 months for inclusion in Justice Ministry register

The Ministry of Justice of Kyrgyzstan approved a regulation on the procedure for maintaining a register of «non-profit organizations performing the functions of a foreign representative» and the inspection of their activities.

It is noted that NGOs receiving foreign funding should submit to the Ministry of Justice the relevant applications within the framework of the implementation of the Law «On Non-Profit Organizations» within two months starting from May 16.

At the same time, state bodies, local government bodies, as well as non-profit organizations whose founders (or one of the founders) are state bodies and/or local government bodies are not recognized as a non-profit organization performing the functions of a foreign representative.

The Ministry of Justice maintains the register of foreign representatives in the state and official languages in electronic form.

On March 14, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan passed in the third reading a draft law on «foreign representatives» (analogous to a foreign agent in Russian legislation), officially known as the draft law «On Amendments to the Law on Non-Profit Organizations».

President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov signed the law on April 2. In his statement posted on Facebook on April 2, he promised that there would be no persecution of NGOs and their representatives after the signing of the document.