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Amendments to the Law “on NGOs” have been Adopted in Kazakhstan

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 16:04

The Parliament of Kazakhstan has adopted a number of amendments to the law on NGOs, which are aimed at establishing a transparent mode of operation. Now, starting with next year, the non-profit organizations will have to submit regular reports on their activities at regular intervals, within the period prescribed by law. At the same time, experts note, the new Law on NGOs is more liberal than a similar law in Russia, because it doesn’t provide for a criminal liability of NGOs, and foreign funding is not seen as a political lobbying.

 

Currently, in Kazakhstan, there are more than 27 thousand NGOs registered. More NGOs in Central Asia today there is only in Kyrgyzstan.

 

During the development of amendments the Kazakh legislators took into account the experience of other countries such as the US, Russia, Britain, France and others. As the Deputy Minister of Sports and Culture of the Republic Marat Azilhanov said, the developers of the new bill made every effort to find a balance between the interests of national security and the priorities of the democratic development of the state.

 

"The government of the state, acting as the guarantor of its development and stability, has the full right to regulate non-governmental sector, however, with the need to preserve freedom of its mandatory activities and sources of funding," - he stressed.

 

In addition, in Kazakhstan there will be a single "operator", which is a non-governmental structure. Its work and decision-making process will involve both government and civil society representatives of the republic. Through the operator non-governmental organizations will decide which one of them and when can get a grant for its activities.

 

In turn, the Government undertakes to allocate additional funds with the aim of facilitating the activities of NGOs.



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