Draft Law on Public Associations
ICNL received an anonymous copy of the draft law on public associations. It is suspected that this
draft came from the Ministry of Justice. ICNL prepared a commentary to this law and shared it with
local stakeholders and USAID. Together with USAID staff, G.Khadyrova, ICNL's local consultant
participated in several meetings on Draft Law on Public Associations, initiated by Turkmen
Cooperation with Turkmen CSSCs
ICNL partner Elena Vasilyeva provided Ashgabat CSSC with materials on legislation regulating
Social partnership in Turkmenistan at the coming conference on Social Partnership.
Consultation of trainers and participants of the training Membership organizations'
Development on the questions of NGO Legislation in Turkmenistan.
Consultation for trainers of Volunteer Conference on the questions of Labor Legislation.
Seminar on Interaction of Government Bodies with NGOs in Solving Problems of Refugees
On June 18, 2003 ICNL Legal Consultant participated in the seminar Interaction of government
bodies with NGOs in solving problems of refugees held by NGO Bosphor and UNHCR with
participation of government officials from NIDHR and the Tax Service.
ICNL Provides Technical Assistance to Counterpart Turkmenistan's Registration Attempt
On April 2, 2003 ICNL Legal Consultant, Ms. Vasilyeva, participated in the network meeting of
Counterpart. Issues covered by ICNL in the network meeting ranged from registration, organization
legal forms of enterprises, tax legislation and registration of foreign technical assistance to licensing.
Nineteen Consultations Provided to International Organizations and Local NGOs
During the last quarter ICNL's local consultant provided 19 consultations to both international and
local NGOs on issues of NGO law. Consultations have included the following organizations: CHAP,
Counterpart Consortium; Civil Society Support Center of Akhal velayat; Civil Society Support Center
of Lebap velayat; "Arzuv", "Keik Ocara"; "Aladja"; Margiana Youth center of Lebap velayat,
"Altyn Asyr", "Health", "Hemayat" and others. Issues covered by ICNL in these consultations ranged
from registration, registration requirements and procedures, taxation, social partnership, licensing to
registration of foreign technical assistance.
TA Results in removal of Negative Provisions from the draft law on the Public Foundations
Through technical assistance provided by ICNL the drafters of this law have deleted provisions
harmful to NGOs. The two month registration period was changed to one month, and the number of
founders was decreased so that a single physical person may found a public foundation. ICNL's
technical assistance has included full and comprehensive hearings held in a round table format on
June 6, 2003 dedicated to the discussion of the legal basis of the activities of public foundations as
one of the legal and organizational forms of NGOs by the Subcommission on issues of civil society
institutions, mass media, protection of citizens' rights and freedoms of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic
of Uzbekistan. The structure of the round table divided especially into two parts: international
experience of regulation of foundations, presented by Vsevolod Ovcharenko, ICNL expert, followed
by an article by article discussion of the draft law on Public Foundations. The draft law is now
moving through the Oliy Majlis and was adopted after the first reading during the 11
session of the
Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Development of Law on State Registration of Legal Persons
ICNL met with the Deputy Head of the Institute of Monitoring of the Current Legislation with the
President to discuss the latest developments regarding the law on state registration of legal persons.
The Institute and the Ministry of Justice are the responsible bodies for drafting this law. ICNL was
invited to assist with the drafting. It is likely that the drafting process will be started in July August.