US Urges Kyrgyz Government to Safeguard Civil Society

Matthew Miller, spokesperson for the US State Department, has expressed concern over Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov's recent enactment of the law on "foreign agents."

Miller emphasized the potential threat posed by this law to the vital work carried out by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in assisting the people of Kyrgyzstan. He urged the Kyrgyz government to prioritize the protection of civil society, which he described as the cornerstone of democracy.

President Japarov signed the law on “foreign agents” on April 2, citing the necessity to ensure transparency in the operations of non-profit organizations. The legislation mandates that NGOs register with the Ministry of Justice and establish bank accounts.


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