Kyrgyzstan Debates Russian-Style “Foreign Agents” Law

The Kyrgyz parliament, as seen here in November 2014, may vote in December to consider a possible new law that would label foreign-funded organizations “foreign agents.” But some critics of the bill, which closely resembles a similar law already passed in Russia, argue it would add layers of bureaucracy and possibly force some civil society NGOs to close their doors. (Photo: David Trilling)

Kyrgyzstan must protect itself from Arab Islamists and gay-loving Americans; so say supporters of a sweeping draft law that could shutter many non-governmental organizations and, like a Russian bill adopted in 2012, label foreign-funded activists as “foreign agents.”
 

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.

Kyrgyzstan Debates Russian-Style “Foreign Agents” Law

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