additional educational activities in the sphere of taxation and will provide technical assistance to 
NGOs, government officials, and parliamentarians that seek to amend the Tax Code and provide 
further incentives for the development of the NGO sector. 
In May, ICNL hired Vsevolod Ovcharenko as the new ICNL legal consultant for Kazakhstan. 
Vsevolod will be responsible for advising and preparing comments on legal developments in 
Kazakhstan and consulting NGOs and the Civil Society Support Centers (CSSCs) on various aspects 
of Kazakhstan legislation. A graduate of the Kazakh State National University and Adilet Higher 
School of Law, Vsevolod has extensive experience consulting NGOs on organizational, operation, 
and labor issues. For the last 3 years he has worked as a legal advisor and civil practice lawyer and 
assisted NGOs with registration and re registration issues and protection of NGOs  legal interests 
before government agencies and in court. Vsevolod's strong background as a legal practitioner has 
already enabled ICNL to increase the number of legal consultations provided to NGOs. ICNL 
consultations are now provided on regular basis to NGOs in person, via telephone, and by e mail. An 
announcement about free of charge consultations for NGO will be placed throughout Counterpart's 
CSSCs in Kazakhstan. ICNL expects that these additional consultations to Kazakh NGOs will 
improve the NGOs' ability to understand and comply with Kazakhstan legislation and improve the 
sustainability of the Third Sector in the country. 
K
YRGYZSTAN
Kyrgyzstan President Terminates Resolution No. 20 
The termination of Resolution No. 20 represents the successful work of the Kyrgyz and international 
community in resisting recent government efforts to restrict the freedom and development of the NGO 
sector. Immediately after this Resolution was published, the Parliament's Committee for Public 
Associations and Information Policies warned the public and the international community about the 
danger of the Resolution and protested against it. Upon the special request of the committee, ICNL 
provided its commentary to the Resolution, which was delivered to the Government. ICNL's 
commentary was placed on the list server CANGO.NET.KG and was thus provided to 2,000 
subscribers representing the mass media and NGO representatives. Many Kyrgyz and international 
mass media organizations and NGOs protested against this restrictive Resolution. Over forty 
roundtables discussing the Resolution and its effect on civil society took place throughout 
Kyrgyzstan, and ICNL provided written commentary and legal expertise regarding the Resolution and 
its conformity with domestic and international law. While the Resolution has been terminated, it is 
important for the NGO community to stay on alert. The President's Decree of May 25, 2002, did not 
simply terminate the Resolution but authorized the Government of Kyrgyzstan to take  effective 
actions to regulate publishing activities in the Kyrgyz Republic based on the Constitution and current 
legislation.  This may result in new attempts by the Government to restrict publishing activities 
affecting civil society organizations. 
ICNL Fights to Improve Legal Climate for NGOs in Kyrgyzstan 
While the NGO campaign to overturn Government Resolution 20 was successful (please see Project 
Impacts for Kyrgyzstan in Section B), the Kyrgyz government continues to seek ways to intensify 
state control over civil society. On May 17, 2002, the government issued Resolution 315 which seeks 
to amend the laws On Noncommercial Organizations, On Political Parties, and other legislation, 
requires re registration of political parties, provides new oversight powers to the registering body over 
the activity of noncommercial organizations, and imposes fines for the activity of unregistered 
commercial and noncommercial organizations. This Resolution is very similar to last year's 
Resolution 358, which was rejected by the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan after a successful NGO 
advocacy campaign. In response, ICNL partner Yuri Khvan met with deputy Kabai Karabekov, 
Chairman of the Committee for Public Associations and Information Policy Affairs of the Jogorku 
Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Committee staff where he explained the problems with this 
resolution and its similarity to Resolution 358, which was previously rejected by the Committee. He 
also recommended that the text of the proposed amendments concerning unregistered NGOs be 
brought in conformity with Article 6 of the law On Noncommercial Organizations which permits the 
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