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Kyrgyzstan|foreign policy|March 14, 2024 / 04:21 PM
EU Delegation, Canadian, French, UK and U.S. Embassies express concern over passage of foreign agents bill by Parliament of Kyrgyzstan

AKIPRESS.COM - "We express our concern regarding the Jogorku Kenesh’s passage of draft amendments to the law on “Non-Commercial Organizations” – more commonly known as the "Foreign Representatives” legislation," the European Union Delegation and the Embassies of Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States said in the joint statement.

"Provisions in the “Foreign Representatives” draft law threaten the ability of non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to operate freely, contravene international norms, and jeopardize our ability to provide assistance that improves the lives of the citizens and residents of the Kyrgyz Republic. If signed in its current form, the law has the potential to hurt the most vulnerable who rely on the essential services – such as food, healthcare, and education – that non-profits and NGOs provide," the statement said.

"Non-profits and NGOs are not adversaries of the State – they are indispensable partners in building a democratic, just, and prosperous Kyrgyz Republic. We urge President Japarov to listen to the concerns voiced inside and outside the country, and revisit this legislation with parliamentary leaders," the statement concluded.

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