From April 10-16, 2018, the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid held a series of seminars on the theme “State-Guaranteed Legal Aid: Practical Issues" in Jalal-Abad, Osh, Batken, Chui provinces and Bishkek city. The seminars were conducted with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program and the joint project of the Finnish Foreign Ministry - UNDP "Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic."

The seminars were led by the Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid, Akzhol Kalbekov, the chairman of the Council of Defense Attorneys of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bilim Raiymkulov, experts of the legal aid working group of the Ministry of Justice and members of the Bar Council. Over 200 representatives of state notary offices, lawyers, employees of the territorial units of the Ministry of Justice of Jalal-Abad, Osh, Batken, and Chui provinces, and Bishkek city took an active part in the seminars.

The participants discussed the activities of the Ministry of Justice’s Free Legal Aid Centers and the procedure for providing legal consultations, the accountability of the Centers, and the need to inform the general public about their activities. The participants also were familiarized with the selection criteria for defense attorneys who are included in the system of state guaranteed legal aid, as well as practical guidance on the provision of qualified legal assistance. Each seminar participant received a package of normative legal documents, posters and booklets about the Free Legal Aid Centers, the Ministry of Justice’s interactive map of legal services, www.legalmap.gov.kg, and the Supreme Court’s online resource for court decisions, www.sot.kg.

Similar seminars will be held in Naryn, Talas and Issyk-Kul provinces.

The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).

 

On April 19, 2018, the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by the East-West Management Institute, will inaugurate two Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in Naryn Oblast. The opening of Free Legal Aid Centers in Naryn will take place at 10 a.m. at Naryn Oblast Territorial Ministry of Justice Department located at 18 Mambetaly uulu Taranchi Str. and at 3 p.m. in Kochkor village at Kochkor Rayon State Administration at 46 Isakeeva Str.

Participants in the inauguration ceremonies will include the Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, Akzhol Kalbekov, the USAID Mission Director in the Kyrgyz Republic, Kimberly Rosen, the Plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Amanbai Kaiypov, Naryn oblast court representatives, local self-government bodies, civil society organizations and media.

In accordance with the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic and the “Law on State Guaranteed Legal Aid”, Free Legal Aid Centers provide equal access to legal aid for citizens and increase the level of legal protection for vulnerable populations. In such centers, visitors consult with a lawyer, public notary officer, or defense attorney, who are all included in the system of state guaranteed legal aid. Currently, 20 Free Legal Aid Centers operate in Chui, Osh, Talas, Jalal-Abad, Batken and Issyk-Kul oblasts and in Bishkek. The number of citizens applying for free legal aid is increasing annually.

The USAID Collaborative Governance Program is assisting the Ministry of Justice in its initiative to improve access to legal aid and previously supported the opening of four Free Legal Aid Centers, including in Isfana and Kadamjay in Batken Oblast, and in Jalal-Abad city and Bazar-Korgon village in Jalal-Abad Oblast. The USAID Collaborative Governance Program also provides assistance in strengthening the existing Free Legal Aid Centers to improve the quality of the services provided by these centers.

More detailed information on the work of the Free Legal Aid Centers and their contact information can be obtained in the territorial units of the Ministry of Justice, and on its online map of legal services at: http://legalmap.gov.kg/ru/ and/or www.minjust.gov.kg.

The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).

 

In March 2018, 55 representatives from 31 CSOs of Osh, Batken, Issyk-Kul and Chui Oblasts and Bishkek participated in a two-day workshop on “The Foundations of Successful and Sustainable Organization Development” organized by the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. The workshop helps the participants extend their knowledge on sustainable organizational development and learn the basics of analytical tools. The workshop includes the following important aspects: an overview of the key sources of funding, analysis of existing resources, and encourages an open discussion of non-grant funding sources.

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Working in a team to identify sources of funding available in Osh CSOs.

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Trainer Chynara Ashimova provides some guidance to the participants during the seminar in Karakol.

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A participant filling the table of main sources of funding of CSOs in Issyk-Kul Oblast.

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The participants presenting the results of the group work to all participants.

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Teamwork helps to identify different experiences of CSOs on making their organization more sustainable and successful.

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The participants of the workshop sharing their experience on building relations with media.

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Group work is fun - it provides an opportunity for every participant to share their own experience and learn new experiences.

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Trainer Chynara Ashimova awards the Certificate of Completion to one of the participants of the workshop “The Foundations of Successful and Sustainable Organization Development”.

 

Where can you apply for free legal consultation? To find info, please see the below poster, created with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. The poster includes info about Free Legal Aid Centers of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic and on what legal issues you can receive consultations. For more info see the below poster.

FLACs poster RUS 21 02 2018

 

On March 16, 2018, more than 50 representatives of civil society organizations and government bodies participated in the workshop aimed at analyzing the situation on domestic violence in Chui Oblast and implementation of the Law “On Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence”. The participants discussed the draft secondary legal acts (SLAs) on implementation of the Law “On Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence”, made their comments on the draft SLAs, and developed a joint work plan for all bodies involved in safeguarding and protecting against domestic violence in Chui Oblast.

In March-April 2018, the Association of Crisis Centers, in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, and the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Government of the KR in Chui Oblast, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, will organize a series of such workshops in all regions of the country. The workshops will be held to discuss the draft SLAs, to collect recommendations and submit the finalized draft to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and responsible state bodies.

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Executive Director of the Association of Crisis Centers Tolkun Tulekova (from left to right); Head of the Department on Gender Issues of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Roza Bekmatova, moderator of the workshop “Implementation of the Law “On Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence”: discussion of the draft secondary legal acts and development of the joint implementation plans for stakeholders involved in Chui Oblast”; the Coordinator for Health Sector of Chui Oblast Baktygul Mamytova; and representative of the Chui Oblast Education Department Almagul Kozhokeeva opening the workshop.

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The participants of the workshop received the draft legal secondary acts on implementation of the Law “On Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence” to provide their comments and suggestions.

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The participants of the workshop actively discuss the draft secondary legal acts and make comments and suggestions taking into account their practical experience in this area.

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Civic activists raise problems existing on the ground on domestic violence, and also ask to consider ways of solving them jointly.

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Expert of the Association of Crisis Centers Cholpon Akmatova presents the draft of secondary legal acts on interagency interaction of organizations, rendering assistance to victims of domestic violence, and standard corrective programs for working with persons who have committed a domestic violence.

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During the workshop, the participants actively participate in “Questions and Answers” session to raise issues regarding prevention and reduction of domestic violence at the local level.

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During the workshop, the participants study the draft of secondary legal acts on implementation of the Law “On Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence”. The participants work in groups to develop joint plans for the bodies involved in Chui Oblast.