State-guaranteed legal aid

The right to counsel is an integral part of the right to a fair trial with the latter being fundamental right enshrined in the Kyrgyz Republic Constitution and the Law on State-Guaranteed Legal Aid. SFK promotes the establishment and development of a state-guaranteed legal aid system in the country, which gives everyone the opportunity to receive competent legal assistance. Our goal is to build an effective SGLA system, improve the quality of the assistance provided, implement effective procedures and flexible mechanisms for equal access to counsels and lawyers for all individuals, and to expand the legal capabilities of vulnerable, marginalized, and low-income groups. We support civil society initiatives to monitor the implementation of laws, build interaction with authorized state bodies, and to increase media coverage.