Monitoring of the situation with non-governmental organizations and freedom of association
During the monitoring period a significant worsening of the situation with the registration of new civil organizations is recorded: the total number of newly registered organizations decreased in comparison with previous years, a number of well-known unregistered civil organizations and two parties were denied registration on unfounded or questionable grounds.
The parliament began its discussion of the bill, which, if approved, will worsen the terms of registration of civil organizations and political parties even more, by expanding possible grounds for refusal of registration. Civil organizations still have problems with renting premises to carry out their daily activities or organizing certain events. In May 2009, for the first time since April 2008,
a person was charged and convicted under Article 193-1 for the work in unregistered civil organization.