This analysis is prepared by experts of the Assembly of Pro-democratic NGOs of
of the joint project with the Foundation for Legal Technologies Development.
In 2007, the situation in respect to the freedom of association in
At the same time, it should be mentioned that several initiatives were undertaken to bring legal regulations concerning civic organizations in conformity to existing legislation. The Republican Committee on the Registration (Re-Registration) of Civic Organizations was eliminated, which brought terms of decisions on registration inline with requirements under law. The number of calls for the liquidation of public associations by the Ministry of Justice and, correspondingly, the number of NGOs which were closed down by the authorities, fell. Despite pessimistic expectations, the procedures required to adjust the statutes of nongovernmental organizations as required by the Law “On Civic Organizations” (the 2005 amendment) did not result in significant difficulties for NGOs and did not become the basis for a massive liquidation of organizations. The number of civic organizations registered in 2007 remained small, and politically motivated denials of the registration of new groups did take place. There remain few opportunities to create independent nongovernmental organizations in