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Interlegal's mission is "to assist in the development of civil society and the restructuring of legislation in Kazakstan" through educational programs and professional and legal training.
Initiated in 1993 as a branch office of the international organization Interlegal, the group was registered as an independent, Kazak organization in 1995. It sponsors seminars and conferences, runs a Legal Information Center, and provides consultation for NGOs on a variety of legal issues, from registration to fundraising and taxation.
Interlegal conducted an international conference in May of 1994 entitled Recognition of the Third Sector in Kazakstan, attended by NGO leaders from Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Russia, as well as Kazak government representatives. Following the conference, Interlegal published a book with the same title, presenting the conference's main themes and findings. The group has produced several other publications, including the book A Practical Text: The Legal Regulation of Activities of Non-Profit Institutions in Kazakstan in 1996, and an annual directory of indigenous NGOs. The Legal Information Center publishes a monthly bulletin, The Third Sector of Central Asia.
Interlegal also conducts political and legal research on the third sector and its relationship with government structures in Central Asia. It participates in the legislative process by preparing draft laws on the rights of citizens to organize and on nonprofit and philanthropical activity in Kazakstan.
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).
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