By M. Holt Ruffin
What shape will the imperative Asian societies of Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan take up the twenty first century? This ebook examines vital fresh advancements within the quarter as they symbolize developments towards - or clear of - pluralism and democracy.
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But not only do we in the West recognize this; most importantly, so do citizens of Uzbekistan and the other nations of Central Asia. They may not constitute majorities at the present time, but they are significant influences in their societies. They are the authors of some of the essays, or leaders of the organizations, contained in this book; and they are active within their societies. If working together they are able to establish even some limited civil rights within their presently authoritarian nations-especially the freedoms to associate and to organize-then.
The original law of the Kyrgyz Republic "On Public Associations" was adopted on February 1, 1991 (hereinafter, the "Kyrgyz Associations Law") and the Civil Code (First Part) was adopted on May 8, 1996. The level of NGO involvement in the development of the new Kyrgyz law is quite impressive; indeed, it may be the only genuinely successful case of effective legislative lobbying by domestic NGOs in the region. Among the local NGOs participating in the process are the Foundation for International Legal Cooperation ("UKUK Foundation"), International Center Interbilim, the Fund for Legal Initiatives, the Fund for Legal Problems, and the Kyrgyz Bar Association.
Unlike John Locke and his British contemporaries, the Prussian philosopher Hegel juxtaposed state and society and confined the 27 28 S. Frederick Starr "civic" element to the latter. " In this dialectic guise the idea of civil society entered Marxism and gained popularity also in Latin America and other places where n~cent civic impulses came up against entrenched bureaucracies of state. So matters stood down to the 1970s. In that decade a new generation of activists in Central Europe rediscovered old concepts of civil society and applied them to their own situation.