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OSCE/ODIHR has recently produced the following legal reviews and guidelines:
Overall, the Opinion welcomes the Draft Amendments to the Law on Civil Service of Ukraine, which aim to ensure the autonomy of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights to recruit his/her staff members. At the same time, the Draft Amendments would benefit from some changes to protect the institutional independence of the Commissioner from any interference from external bodies and ensure a pluralist staff composition at all levels.
The Comments consider the draft amendments to be a major improvement compared to the current legal framework for the punishment of bias-motivated crimes in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. At the same time, the OSCE/ODIHR provides further guidance on how to bring certain provisions that protect some group characteristics targeted by bias-motivated crimes in line with international standards and good practices throughout the Criminal Code. In the Comments, the OSCE/ODIHR has also included recommendations for further improvement, among others, to ensure that actual or perceived association with a group exhibiting such characteristics is also explicitly covered by the draft amendments.
ODIHR's work on regulatory reform:
Based on a Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the OSCE/ODIHR and the Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic on 7 January 2015, the OSCE/ODIHR conducted a comprehensive assessment of the legislative process in the Kyrgyz Republic, which analyzed all the legislative and practical aspects of the law-making process in the country, and provided recommendations for reform.
ODIHR's assessment report recommends, among other measures, to introduce unified evidence-based drafting and law-making standards in the Kyrgyz Republic, including public consultations on draft laws. It further advises law-makers to enhance policy discussions at the start of the legislative process, and to introduce more realistic procedural deadlines.
Based on a Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the OSCE/ODIHR and the Parliament of Georgia on 24 February 2014, the OSCE/ODIHR conducted a comprehensive assessment of the legislative process in Georgia, a situational analysis of both the formal procedures and the actual practices in Georgia that apply to the preparation, drafting, enactment, publication, communication and evaluation of legislation.
The assessment report discusses the salient aspects of the legislative drafting / law-making process in the country and identifies the existing concerns and risks as well as a number of goals to be achieved in order to enable the law-making system to function in a more effective, transparent and efficient way.
Second Preliminary Joint Opinion on the Electoral Code of Armenia (as amended on 30 June 2016)Date : 19 July 2016 English [0.44 MB]
Preliminary Joint Opinion on the Draft Electoral Draft of Armenia (2016)Date : 10 May 2016 English [0.28 MB]
Opinion on the Draft Amendments to the Law on Civil Service of Ukraine (in English)Date : 10 May 2016 English [0.19 MB]
Joint Guidelines for Preventing and Responding to the Misuse of Administrative Resources During Electoral Processes (2016)
Guidelines on Freedom of Association (2014)
Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities (2014)
Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Kyrgyz RepublicDate : 08 December 2015 English [0.56 MB]
Assessment of the Legislative Process in GeorgiaDate : 30 January 2015 English [0.37 MB]
Assessment of the Legislative Process in Georgia (in Georgian)Date : 30 January 2015 Georgian [0.45 MB]