In July 2017, the Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges, supported by the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, published a booklet for high school students with illustrations titled “I know about the judicial system in the Kyrgyz Republic”. The booklet describes the government structure, legal bases of the Constitution, and the Kyrgyz Republic’s judicial system and court proceedings.

Lawyers and judges developed the content of the booklet, with understandable language for high school students. The 15-page glossy booklet contains visual materials that may also be useful for a broad range of readers seeking to learn about the government structure, children rights and the judiciary. The booklet can be downloaded here: "I know about the judicial system in the Kyrgyz Republic".

The booklet was developed within the project “Raising Awareness of the Judicial System” and will be disseminated during guest lectures delivered by the Association of Women Judges in secondary schools countrywide.

Brochure on Judicial System

A new Chair of the Coordination Board of Public Councils Tolonbek Abdyrov, who was a member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Economy, was elected by the members of the Coordination Board of Public Councils on July 18, 2017. Former Chair of the Coordination Board of Public Councils, Aida Rustemova, voluntarily resigned from the position due to her new opportunity to study at a university abroad. Members of the Coordination Board of Public Councils also elected new members of its Secretariat. More info is available at: http://www.for.kg/news-438211-ru.html

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New Chair of the Coordination Board of Public Councils, Tolonbek Abdyrov (center), and Deputy Chair of the Coordination Board of Public Councils, Mahabat Jumakulova (to the right)

In June 2017, the USAID Collaborative Governance Program completed its 300th CSO Diagnostic Assessment, an impressive milestone in its support of Kyrgyz civil society.  CGP helps to strengthen civil society organizations in the Kyrgyz Republic through tailored organizational assessments and individual capacity development including profiling, diagnostics and trainings. The 300th CSO to receive an assessment was the Public Association “Activist” in Batken. During the diagnostic assessment, CGP’s Diagnostic Consultants and members of the Public Association “Activist” worked together and identified the organization’s key strengths and priority weaknesses. Chair of the Public Association “Activist” Sonunbubu Kamchibekova noted: “Our organization is committed to understand its strengths and weaknesses as we would like to become a strong organization to address our community needs. Thanks to the diagnostic assessment, now we understand our strengths and weaknesses as we received an individual “Health Report” that provides specific recommendations and associated “Capacity Strengthening Plan”, which explains how we can fulfill our organizational goals.”

Since July 2014, with USAID support, 645 CSOs have self-elected to complete the profiling process. Of those 645 CSOs, 300 have completed the diagnostic processes.

These self-selecting CSOs have been participating in a holistic analysis of their strengths and weaknesses in human and institutional capacity and qualifying for further grants as well as trainings, workshops, and seminars that have been designed to address CSO strengthening needs.  

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USAID CGP Diagnostic Consultant Artur Sarkisov handing over the “Health Report” that provides specific recommendations and “Capacity Strengthening Plan” to the Chair of the Public Association “Activist” Sonunbubu Kamchibekova

On July 11, 2017, Public Fund “DIA”, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, held a roundtable discussion to develop additional services of a psychologist and a lawyer to prevent domestic violence and provide assistance to women-victims of domestic violence in six ayil aimaks (rural self-governments), including Gulchinsky in Alay region, Jooshky, Madynsky, and Narimanovsky in Kara-Suu district, Keneshky in Nookat district and Tort-Kolsky in Uzgen region of Osh oblast (province).

The participants of the roundtable discussed the main points of the Law of Kyrgyz Republic “On Safeguarding and Protection Against Domestic Violence” and regulatory and legal acts of the Kyrgyz Republic "On State and Municipal Services" and "On the Register of State and Municipal Services" and unanimously supported the adoption and introduction of new municipal services of a lawyer and psychologist for working with victims of domestic violence, as well as for the prevention and further elimination of domestic violence. The participants also discussed the composition of the new working coalition group, the format of future meetings and a plan of joint action for coalition groups in six pilot rural municipalities of Osh oblast.

The roundtable discussions were attended by Chairman of the Budget Commission of Aiyl Kenesh (Local Parliament) of Nookat district Gulnara Tilebaeva, Deputy Head of Joosh Ayil Okmotu of Kara-Suu district Duishonkul Keneshev, deputies of local councils, experts on gender and representatives of civil society organizations and media.

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A group of participants from Madynskey aiyil okmotu of Kara-Suu district: (from left to right) Head of the Department on Social Development Ms Toktosunova, members of aiyl kenesh, Mr. Tashiyev and Mirlan Kydyrov, members of the coalition group of Madynskey aiyil okmotu of Kara-Suu district Nazgul Soltonova and Miss Amatzhakypova

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Leader of the women's movement and expert on gender Nurzhan Israilova (from left to right), a member of the Nariman ayil okmotu of Kara-Suu district Danier Gafurov, deputy head of the Narimanov aiyil okmotu Kara-Suu district Duishonkul Keneshov, leading specialist, and social worker of Zhooshskey aiyil okmotu Gulmira Ormonova take active part in the round table

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(from right to left) Aidarkulov Bekmamat and Aigul Matieva, journalists of the regional newspaper "Osh Janyrygy", Adashgul Akmatova, journalist from "AkiPress", Jyldyz Akmatzhakypova, Director of "Dostuk Nariste" kindergarten

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Members of the Keneshskey aiyl okmotu of Nookat district - lawyer Mukhtarbek Osmonov, responsible worker Kenesh Asamidinov, deputy and chairman of the budget commission of the Keneshskey aiyil council of Nookat district, Gulnara Tilebaeva

 

From June 14 – 16, 2017, the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP), opened four Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in Jalal-Abad and Batken oblasts.

The Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, Akzhol Kalbekov, the Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, Garry Ledbetter, Heads of Territorial Departments of the Ministry of Justice in Batken and Jalal-Abad Oblasts, representatives of local state administrations, local self-government bodies, as well as of public organizations participated in the opening ceremonies.

"From now on, these centers will serve as a place where everyone in need of protection of their rights and interests can receive equal access to state-guaranteed legal aid," said the Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid.

In FLACs, local residents, regardless of their social status, can receive consultations of highly qualified lawyers and attorneys, who are included into the system of state-guaranteed legal aid. In addition, the activities of these centers will serve as an impetus for increasing the level of legal culture and literacy among the population. USAID CGP has furnished the centers with technical equipment, office furniture and Internet providing access to a database of normative and legal acts for providing quality consultations.

The USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by East-West Management Institute, supports the initiative of the Ministry of Justice of the KR to improve access of population to legal aid and will open 6 Free Legal Aid Centers, including 2 Centers in Naryn Oblast that will be opened later.

The addresses of the newly opened Free Legal Aid Centers:

Isfana – 45, Koshmuratov str., the building of Leilek State Administration, Batken oblast;

Kadamjai – 1, Orozbekov Str., the building of Kadamjai State Administration, Batken oblast;

Jalal-Abad - 139 a, the Kyrgyz Republic str., the building of the territorial office of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic;

Bazar-Korgon – 126, Osmonov Str., the building of Bazar-Korgon State Administration, Jalal-Abad Oblast.

The list and address of FLACs are available at the Ministry of Justice of KR site: http://minjust.gov.kg/?page_id=24136

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