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Opinion on the Draft Law of Georgia on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (18 October 2013)
In the opinion drafted in response to a request by the First Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia, OSCE/ODIHR notes that the Draft Law constitutes a genuine attempt to address all forms of discrimination in a very comprehensive manner, covering both private and public spheres. In particular, the opinion notes some positive features, such as the detailed provisions aiming to guarantee the independence of the equality body, to be established by the Draft Law, as well as the very well-articulated complaints-handling procedure. At the same time, the opinion recommends some revisions to ensure full compliance with international anti-discrimination standards and to enhance the Draft Law’s effectiveness, as well as some additions, e.g. introducing derogatory preferential regimes such as temporary special measures/affirmative action measures.
Joint Interim Opinion on the Draft Law amending the Law on Non-Commercial Organisations and other Legislative Acts of the Kyrgyz Republic (16 October 2013)
Draft amendments to the Kyrgyz Republic’s law on non-commercial organizations would, if adopted, breach international human rights standards and OSCE commitments on freedom of association, concludes a joint interim legal opinion prepared by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and released on 16 October 2013.
The opinion, published on 16 October 2013, expresses strong reservations about the term “foreign agent” in the draft law, and notes that, due to this and other unclear terminology in the draft, the term could be applied to a wide variety of associations.
The opinion also notes that, if passed, the law would provide state authorities with largely unfettered powers to monitor and intervene in the work of such organizations. At the same time, the special reporting requirements for associations are considered overly burdensome, and likely to impede the work of non-commercial organizations receiving foreign funding.
The opinion was prepared in response to a request from the Chairperson of the Human Rights, Constitutional Legislation and State Structure Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic’s parliament.
ODIHR's work on legislative guidelines:
Second edition of the OSCE/ODIHR - Venice Commission Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2010), endorsed by the Venice Commission in June 2010, was launched by Legislative Support Unit on 4 October 2010 during a side event at the OSCE Review Conference in Warsaw. The Guidelines are designed for practitioners in many sectors: drafters of legislation and those implementing it, as well as those affected by the implementation. Recognizing the great diversity of country contexts, the Guidelines do not attempt to provide ready-made solutions but, rather, to clarify key issues and discuss possible ways to address them.
OSCE/ODIHR - Venice Commission Guidelines on Political Party Regulation
The Guidelines on Political Party Regulation were developed by the OSCE/ODIHR jointly with the Venice Commission through an extensive consultative process, which included two expert meetings and three thematic roundtables on issues such as women's political participation; public funding of political parties and abuse of state resources; and the participation of political parties in elections and the prohibition and dissolution of political parties. The primary goal of the Guidelines is to assist law-makers and practitioners from various OSCE participating States in the crucial matter of ensuring a fair regulation of political parties. Following the adoption of the Guidelines, in September 2011 the OSCE/ODIHR set up an advisory body, the Core Group of Experts on Political Parties, which will assist it in providing expert assistance to OSCE participating States in the review and assessment of political party legislation.
Opinion on the Draft Law on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination of GeorgiaDate : 18 October 2013 English [0.29 MB]
Joint Interim Opinion on the Draft Law amending the Law on Non-Commercial Organisations and other Legislative Acts of the Kyrgyz RepublicDate : 16 October 2013 English [0.28 MB]
Opinion on Key Legal Acts Regulating the Prosecution Service of the Kyrgyz RepublicDate : 16 October 2013 English [0.13 MB]
Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2nd edition) (2010)
Guidelines on Political Party Regulation (2010)
Guidelines on the Implementation of the Law on Freedom of Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2008)
Preliminary Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of ArmeniaDate : 21 November 2013 English [0.64 MB]
Law Drafting and Legislative Process in the Republic of Serbia: An Assessment (2011)Date : 30 December 2011 English [0.69 MB]
Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of MoldovaDate : 15 September 2010 English [0.61 MB]