Former Soviet Union: U.S. Rule of Law Assistance Has Had Limited Impact and Sustainability
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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This report discusses the U.S. rule of law program in the new independent states NIS of the former Soviet Union. This testimony will highlight some of the major points that we made in the report we are releasing today. Since 1991, the new independent states of the former Soviet Union have been struggling to overcome a long tradition of totalitarian rule marked by an arbitrary system of justice and state suppression of human rights. To support these states transition to a more open and democratic style of government, the U.S. government has committed about 216 million in assistance from fiscal years 1992 through 2000 to help them develop the sustainable institutions, traditions, and legal foundations for establishing a strong rule of law. The U.S. Agency for International Development USAID has administered about 49 percent of this funding while Justice 25 percent, State 22 percent, and Treasury 4 percent administer the rest.
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