NEWS AND EVENTS
July 9, 2008
Institute for New Democracies formally registered in Uzbekistan
The Institute for New Democracies was awarded official registration for its Branch in Uzbekistan for an unlimited time period “to assist in implementing democratic reforms in the Republic of Uzbekistan through education, policy research, and practical assistance to governmental institutions and civil society”. The state registration certificate, in English and Uzbek, was signed by R.Mukhitdinov, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
IND is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting good governance, human rights and the rule of law in countries undergoing political transformation. IND has worked in Uzbekistan since 2005 to support democratic development and human rights protection, in line with the Declaration on the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Framework between the United States of America and the Republic of Uzbekistan, from March 12, 2002. IND currently implements a USAID-funded project on strengthening the capacity of government agencies and civil society organizations to promote and protect human rights.
Mr. Akram Nematov, Head of the International Department and Acting Head of the Department of Registration at Uzbekistan ’s Ministry of Justice handed the registration certificate to Mjusa Sever, IND Country Project Director and Fazil Khasanov, IND Policy Adviser. He said that the Institute for New Democracies was the first U.S. organization awarded formal registration in the last few years and by making this step on the Fourth of July, the Government of Uzbekistan also wanted to express its congratulations on U.S. Independence Day.
Mr.Nematov further stressed that by registering IND his country wanted to confirm its commitment to liberalization, further democratic reforms, and special attention to respecting human rights – not because others demanded it, but because the Government considers it good for the Uzbek people and for Uzbekistan’s national interests. He said that these ideals are also written in the Uzbek Constitution and remain his country’s highest political priority.
IND team in Tashkent expressed the commitment of the Institute for New Democracies for fruitful cooperation with Uzbek governmental institutions and with civil society. IND Executive Director Margarita Assenova in Washington welcomed the formal registration of the organization and looks forward to intensifying the Institute’s work in Uzbekistan.