Kyrgyzstan Should Reject Anti-Civil Society Bill | Freedom House

Kyrgyzstan Should Reject Anti-Civil Society Bill

Washington

In response to the approval of a draft "foreign agents" law by a parliamentary committee in Kyrgyzstan, a measure that parallels a measure approved in Russia in 2012, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"The Kyrgyzstani Parliament should reject this regressive law, which aims to brand members of civil society as the enemy, or ‘foreign agents,’” said Susan Corke, director for Eurasia programs. "If this measure became law, it would mark a major set-back for Kyrgyzstan's vibrant civil society, as well as an infringement on all Kyrgyzstani's fundamental right to freedom of association. A confident, responsive government should see civil society as a partner in creating a stronger society where the rights of citizens are protected.”

Kyrgyzstan is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014

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