Technical Assistance to the Working Group for Modernization of Election Legislation
One of the initiators of amendments to the Election Code, Deputy Kadyrbekov, applied to ICNL to
provide technical assistance as it pertains to the rights of civil society actors such as formal legal
organizations in the election process. ICNL prepared an overview of NGO involvement in the election
process under the current Kyrgyz legislation.
Consultation for US Ambassador
In April, Yuri Khvan, ICNL Legal Consultant and Brian Kemple, ARD/CHECCHI, Chief of the
Party, met with the US Ambassador, John O'Keefe, who wanted to learn about Constitutional Reform
and harmonization all legislation in accordance with Constitutional reform in the form of different
codes. He had some specific questions regarding the drafting process and wanted to know about
potential chances for certain negative provisions to be re introduced again at some point in the
legislative process. He was apprised of ICNL's and ARD/CHECCHI's activities in this field and he
expressed an interest in being kept informed of the latest news on bill's passing process.
Public Hearing Developing of Mass Media Legislation
On June 11 upon special request of the Parliamentary Committee, ICNL participated in the public
hearing Developing of Mass media legislation .
Legal Consultations Provided
ICNL provided fifteen consultations to local NGOs and international organizations. These
consultations included consultations on tax, registration, and labor law issues.
Technical Assistance on Implementation of the Law on State Registration of Legal Entities
The main problem of NGOs throughout Tajikistan remains the lack of adequate information about
new laws. On June 6, 2003, in Dushanbe ICNL together with AED conducted a seminar on
Implementation of the New Law on State Registration of Legal Entities. ICNL Central Asia
Program Director, Mr. Kevin Borrup, presented information on registration of NGOs in CIS countries
as compared to the new law. The main trainer Mr. Abdulloev Rasul a member of the draft law
working group explained the new definitions and procedures on registration. The other trainer Mr.
Davlatkadamov Hushbaht presented on NGO rights in registration. Then, in small working groups,
participants discussed with trainers the law article by article and defined the differences in the
registration of different legal forms and the difficulties associated with this law and possible solutions.
ICNL Legal Consultant, Muatar Khaidarova, conducted additional trainings on this issue in: Kurgan
tube on June 9, 2003; Khujand on June 11, 2003; and, Kuliab on June 24, 2003. At each seminar there
were approximately twenty five (25) participants representing and NGOs and other local civil society
actors. In total more than one hundred people benefited from this series of seminars.
Draft Law On Non commercial Organizations Under Discussion
The draft of the Law On Non commercial Organizations is currently under discussion in the
Government Legal Department. This law would allow, in practice, the establishment of NGOs in
different organizational forms. The Lower Chamber of Parliament is scheduled to consider this draft
law at the end of 2003.
Seminar The Legal Aspects of the Social Partnership: International and National Standards
On June 7, 2003 at the seminar Legal Aspects of the Social Partnership: International and National
Standards, ICNL Program Director for Central Asia, Mr. Borrup, introduced participants to the legal
aspects of the social partnership in USA and other countries. Muatar Khaidarova and Khurshed
Nasirov (a member of the NGO Society and Law ) presented the legal situation on social partnership
in Tajikistan. Participants reviewed the Tajik legislation governing these partnerships. Participants
also discussed in the small groups the problems and perspectives of social partnership in Tajikistan
and its legal basis.