Civil Society In Central Asia by M. Holt Ruffin

By M. Holt Ruffin

What shape will the important Asian societies of Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan absorb the twenty first century? This publication examines very important fresh advancements within the sector as they characterize traits towards - or clear of - pluralism and democracy.

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Boris Rumer and Stanislav Zhukov. 45~. 10. ), p. 3. About 100 foreign observers monitored the Kazakh elections, including a delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic. II. RumerandZhukov,pp. 213,188. 12. A recent article on Kyrgyzstan confirms the same trends there. tions and the revival of participatory social movements. There are more than 500 nongovernmental organizations, among the strongest of which are those representing the interests of women. " Zairash Galieva, "Civil Society in the Kyrgyz Republic in Transition," Central Asia Monitor, no, 5, 1998, p.

A great deal has been written and said about their evolution of market-economic structures, but the development of the nonprofit sector in these countries has attracted much less attention. It is difficult to describe the process on a regional basis, since genuinely independent NGOs appeared frrst and most vibrantly in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and subsequently also in Uzbekistan. In Turkmenistan, the situation continues to be rather bleak. with the exception of a few brave environmental and public service organizations.

From 1992 to to establish a voluntary organization was "we have one of " Sometimes obstacles arose because the applicant was viewed as by underpaid a threat, but more often these obstacles were put ill officials who wanted to supplement their income. Clear progress has been process the region, in Kazakhachieved in the The process is increasingly a nlinisstan and an The Legal Regulation ofNGOs 37 terial function" as it should be. Still, certain public interest advocacy organizations-such as the Uighurs in Kyrgyzstan and human rights organizations in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan-do have a serious struggle when it comes to registration.

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