The program is aimed at protecting human rights and promoting legal reforms in Kyrgyzstan reflecting the values of an open society and the rule of law.
The long-term strategic goals of the Law Program for the 2014-2017 period are: the establishment of a criminal justice system in line with international human rights standards with a focus on strengthening necessary procedural guarantees; improved provision of state-guaranteed legal aid; and effective documentation and investigation of torture and inhuman treatment.
In 2014, the Law Program’s work will focus on two components:
- Support for criminal justice reform
1) Promoting an effective process of development and realization of revisions to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, such that they are largely in line with international standards.
2) Ensuring broad involvement and participation of civil society, openness, and accessibility in the development and discussion of bills.
3) Promoting an effective process of revision and additions to the law “On State-Guaranteed Legal Aid.”
4) Involving civil society in the ongoing development and discussion of the law “On State-Guaranteed Legal Aid.”
5) Facilitating implementation of the UN Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Istanbul Protocol) in the health care system of Kyrgyzstan.
6) Facilitating the implementation of certain recommendations by the UN Committee Against Torture and the UN Special Rapporteur Against Torture.
- Human rights monitoring and documentation
In order to strengthen public control over the observance of human rights and freedoms, local non-governmental organizations will receive grant support to facilitate expert assistance, analysis, monitoring, advocacy, and raising awareness of the reform process, as well as to promote universal standards of human rights and freedoms. Participation in the grant competition is open to local non-governmental organizations focusing on the protection and promotion of human rights, for work in the following areas:
- Monitoring and advocacy in criminal justice reform;
- Prevention of torture and inhuman treatment, including through mechanisms for effective documentation and investigation;
- Support for the establishment of a more effective system for the provision of state-guaranteed legal aid;
- Promotion of the use and implementation of recommendations on international mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
The Law Program will also carry out an educational project aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of human rights movement participants.
Government agencies: the President’s Office, the Ministry of Justice, the President of the National Council on State Guaranteed Legal Aid, the Ministry of Health, the NationalCenter for the Prevention of Torture.
Expert Community: Expert working groups and independent experts from the legal scholar and academic communities.
International agencies: OHCHR, OSCE, UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), GIZ, UNDP, IDLO.
Legal clinics that provide free legal assistance to vulnerable populations, based within universities in Kyrgyzstan.
Civil society organizations: NGOs working in the areas of torture prevention, gender equality, domestic violence, children’s rights, vulnerable communities (LGBT, people living with HIV/AIDS), and human rights organizations.
Law Program Director
Law Program Coordinator
Law Program Coordinator
Law Program Assistant