New version of “On non-governmental non-profit organizations” discussed
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 25 June, a public discussion was held on the draft new version of the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On non-governmental non-profit organizations”. Representatives of key ministries and departments, chambers of the Oliy Majlis, non-governmental non-profit organizations and other civil society institutions took part in it.
It was noted that in modern conditions of large-scale reforming of all spheres of life, the further development of the NGO sector in Uzbekistan can help mobilize and motivate citizens to participate in public administration, self-organization in the community, inculcate and implement the values of solidarity, responsibility and justice, and increase the legal and political awareness of the population. and strengthening the level of citizens' confidence in state structures.
In the Action Strategy, the strengthening of the role of civil society institutions and the practical implementation of public control mechanisms are identified among the important tasks of improving state and public construction. The Presidential Decree dated May 4, 2018 “On measures to fundamentally increase the role of civil society institutions in the process of democratic renewal of the country” gave a new impetus to the enhancement of the role of civil society institutions in the process of democratic renewal of the country. In particular, in accordance with it, the Consultative Council for the Development of Civil Society under the President was established, and a badge “For contribution to the development of civil society” was established. A number of changes in the rules and procedures governing the activities of NGOs. So, now, instead of coordinating the planned activities with the registering authority, it is enough just to notify him.
By the presidential decree of 4 May 2018, the task was set to develop proposals for determining strategic directions and forming a national model of civil society development for the medium and long term. In this regard, a working group was formed from among the representatives of relevant government agencies and civil society institutions.
A memorandum on cooperation in this direction was signed between the Yuksalish National Movement and the USAID Judicial Reform Program in Uzbekistan, as well as the road map for its implementation. In accordance with these documents the development of:
the concept of a new draft law for civil society and NGOs in the context of the ongoing legal reforms in Uzbekistan;
the draft law regulating the activities of civil society organizations;
strategic directions and a national model for the development of civil society in the medium and long term.
According to experts, currently Uzbekistan’s legislation on NGOs represents a significant array of legal acts based on the laws “On Public Associations”, “On Non-State Non-Commercial Organizations”, “On Guarantees of the Activities of Non-Government Non-Commercial Organizations” and more than a hundred other regulatory organizations. legal acts.
Some norms duplicate, and sometimes contradict each other, which necessitates the development and adoption of a consolidated backbone legislative act of direct action in the field of NGOs, taking into account the modern realities of Uzbekistan and advanced foreign practices.
According to the participants, the creation of a unified regulatory and legal act, which establishes the main priorities of state policy in the development of civil society, will create conditions for creating a favorable legal environment that will increase the level of NGO involvement in the design and implementation of programs for the socio-economic development of regions and the country as a whole.
It will help ensure the further strengthening of the material and technical base of the activities of NGOs, enhancing their role and importance in government decision-making and public administration.
Based on the results of a constructive exchange of views, recommendations and proposals for the improvement of the draft law were developed. His public discussion in the near future will be held in a number of other regions of the republic.
The event was organized within the framework of the Memorandum of Cooperation, signed by the National Yuksalish Movement and the USAID Judicial and Legal Reform Program in Uzbekistan.