Kyrgyzstan: Parliament adopts contentious foreign agents law without debate

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03/14/2024

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have, in a widely anticipated move, given their definitive backing to a bill that stands to cripple the work of nongovernmental organizations advocating for human rights and independent media. Fully 66 MPs registered as being present in the Jogorku Kenesh on March 14 voted in favor of the legislation in its third and final reading. Five voted against. Another nine present in the chamber abstained. There was no debate before the vote, which took seven minutes to complete. All that remains is for President Sadyr Japarov to add his signature for the bill to become law. With that likely to happen imminently, affected NGOs will have only a short window of time in which to adapt.

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