“The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) cooperates with the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic and its Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (CC SGLA) to support the implementation of the Law on State-Guaranteed Free Legal Aid. As part of the cooperation, 10 Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) were opened in Batken, Naryn, Jalal-Abad and Issyk-Kul Oblasts. CGP also conducted a media campaign to raise public awareness of opened FLACs as a survey of 2016 showed that the majority of the surveyed citizens in case of legal issues turn to neighbors, acquaintances or relatives. The CGP continues to cooperate with the Ministry of Justice and its CC SGLA by supporting their efforts to raise public awareness of legal aid available in the country as well as focusing on improving the quality of legal consultations provided by lawyers, attorneys and notaries in 24 FLACs established throughout the country", - said Ruslan Moldokasymov, Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program implemented by the East-West Management Institute, at the press conference in the Information Agency "Kabar". More information on the decade is available at: : http://kabar.kg/news/v-kr-proshla-dekada-pravovoi-pomoshchi-s-kakimi-problemami-obrashchalis-grazhdane/

CGP COP Ruslan Moldokasymov holding a booklet IA Kabar

Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) Ruslan Moldokasymov highlighted at the press conference in the IA “Kabar” the importance of raising public awareness on citizens’ rights to state-guaranteed legal aid, FLACs available throughout the country and other resources available.

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Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (CC SGLA) Akjol Kalbekov (in the center) opened a press conference and announced the results of the decade of legal assistance held from December 3-10, 2018. Coordinator of the UNDP and MFA Finland project “Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic” Ainura Alymbekova; (from left to right) Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) Ruslan Moldokasymov; Chairman of the Council of Defense Attorneys of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raiymkulov: Expert on Constitutional Law and State-Guaranteed Legal Aid of the “Rule of Law Program in the Kyrgyz Republic - (Phase 2)” Laila Urzena; and Director of the Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan’s “Rule of Law Program” Nuriana Kartanbaeva at the press conference in the IA “Kabar”.

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During the campaign, legal advice and assistance were provided in public places, including: trade centers, bazaars, universities, colleges, squares in all seven regional centers of the country.

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During the campaign, legal advice and assistance were provided in public places, including: shopping centers, bazaars, universities, colleges, squares in all seven regional centers of the country.

 

The Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid held the Annual Decade of Legal Assistance from December 3-10, 2018.
 
During the decade, 4,622 people received free legal consultations and assistance.
 
The following most frequent requests came from citizens, including:
family law issues: 1,459;
movable and immovable property rights: 670;
labor law: 569;
land rights issues: 508; and 
other.
 
As a part of the decade, Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) under territorial units of the Ministry of Justice provided free legal aid throughout the country. Overall, 1,291 people received legal assistance in the FLACs and 780 at state notary offices. Furthermore, coordinators of state-guaranteed legal aid (SGLA) provided legal assistance to 366 citizens, lawyers, included in the SGLA register, provided legal aid to 344 citizens, and non-profit organizations providing legal support and legal clinics to 32 citizens.
 
In addition, over 6,000 copies of informational and educational materials were produced, and 18 lectures on human rights activities and FLA provided for 1,223 students in universities throughout the country.
 
The main goals of the decade was to improve access to justice, ensure the protection of the rights and legitimate interests of citizens through the effective implementation of the Law on State Guaranteed Legal Aid, and raise public awareness aimed to empower citizens to assert their rights.
 
The decade was organized in partnership with the UNDP and MFA of Finland project “Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic”, USAID Collaborative Governance Program, European Union and GIZ “Rule of Law Program in the Kyrgyz Republic - the 2nd phase”, and Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan’s “Rule of Law Program”.
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Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (CC SGLA) Akjol Kalbekov (in the center) opened a press conference and announced the results of the decade of legal assistance held from December 3-10, 2018. Coordinator of the UNDP and MFA Finland project “Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic” Ainura Alymbekova; (from left to right) Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) Ruslan Moldokasymov; Chairman of the Council of Defense Attorneys of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raiymkulov: Expert on Constitutional Law and State-Guaranteed Legal Aid of the “Rule of Law Program in the Kyrgyz Republic - (Phase 2)” Laila Urzena; and Director of the Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan’s “Rule of Law Program” Nuriana Kartanbaeva at the press conference in the IA “Kabar”.

 
Bishkek – The Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic will hold a press conference on the results of the Annual Decade of Legal Assistance, which has been held from December 3 - 10, 2018.
 
The press conference will be held on December 11, 2018 in the Press Center «Kabar» at 10 a.m. at 175 Abddrakhmanova Str. 
 
Speakers at the press conference will include: 
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; 
the Expert on Constitutional Law and State-Guaranteed Legal Aid of the “Rule of Law Program in the Kyrgyz Republic - (Phase 2)”, Laila Urzena; 
the Chief of Party of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, Ruslan Moldokasymov;
the Coordinator of the UNDP and MFA Finland project “Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic”, Ainura Alymbekova; and 
the Director of the Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan’s “Rule of Law Program”, Nuriana Kartanbaeva.
At the press conference, participants can learn about the results of the decade. In particular, about how many people and on what issues received legal assistance, what activities were carried out and what results were obtained, etc. 
 
The Decade is held to improve access to justice, ensure the protection of the rights and legitimate interests of citizens through the effective implementation of the Law on State Guaranteed Legal Aid, and raise public awareness aimed to empower citizens to assert their rights.
 
The decade is organized by the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid in partnership with the UNDP and MFA of Finland project “Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic”, USAID Collaborative Governance Program, European Union and GIZ “Rule of Law Program in the Kyrgyz Republic - the 2nd phase”, and Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan’s “Rule of Law Program”.
 
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On December 7, 2018, the Nonprofit Management Resource Center at Kyrgyz State University (KNU) hosted a guest lecture on the theme: “Access to Justice for Vulnerable Population in the Kyrgyz Republic” of Elzar Elemanov, Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. Over 35 university students participated in the interactive guest lecture and learned a lot during Elzar Elemanov’s presentation. The participants discussed different aspects of the Rule of Law in the Kyrgyz Republic, access to justice, the Constitution of the KR, the Law on State-guaranteed Legal Assistance and the role of the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid established under the Ministry of Justice of the KR. The participants were also told about the existing 24 Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) located in all regions of the country, where citizens can receive free legal consultations and received contact information for FLACs at: http://legalmap.gov.kg./ru/pages/free-legal-aid-centers/ and other legal service provides at: http://legalmap.gov.kg/ that are available on the Ministry of Justice’s website: www.minjust.gov.kg. The lecturer also shared some interesting findings of the survey made by UNDP on access to justice in the country and focused attention of the participants on free legal aid guaranteed to citizens by the Kyrgyz Constitution and explained who is eligible for it. The participants learned about the importance of access to free legal aid especially for vulnerable population, including victims of domestic violence. The participants also watched a video about bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan and applauded to Elzar for the wonderful opportunity to learn about citizen’s rights guaranteed by the Constitution. At the end of the lecture, lecturer organized a contest among students on the knowledge received during the guest lecture. The winners received symbolic gifts as awards. The participants were asked to share the booklets about FLACs and knowledge received during the guest lecture with their families, friends and those in need of legal aid. 
 
During the annual decade of legal assistance organized by the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid in partnership with donor partners, 1,233 citizens attended 18 guest lectures at universities of Kyrgyzstan. 
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Elzar Elemanov, Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, gives a guest lecture on the theme: “Access to Justice for Vulnerable Population in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

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The participants after the interactive guest lecture in a memory photo.

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Students willingly participating in a contest on the knowledge received during the guest lecture.

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During the guest lecture, the participants ask different questions.

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The students listen with attention and interest to Elzar Elemanov’s guest lecture.

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Elzar Elemanov’s guest lecture was interesting with many examples and impressive statistical data on access to justice for vulnerable population and citizens’ rights for state-guaranteed free legal aid.

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The participants are active and ask different questions to clarify some aspects of rule of law and access to justice in the KR.

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Overall, 35 students, a professor and a member of CSO attended the guest lecture of Elzar Elemanov.

 

Bishkek. Women Support Center, with support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, has launched a three-month project titled “The Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (CPDV)  as an Effective Tool for the Prevention of Domestic Violence” that will be implemented from December 2018 through February 2019.
 
The project contributes to implementation of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence and promoting activities of CPDVs in urban communities such as Ak Bosogo, Kalys Ordo, and Kolmo of Bishkek city for prevention of domestic violence. 
 
As part of the project, trainings will be conducted to CPDV representatives to strengthen their capacity and support implementation of their initiatives on the elimination of domestic violence during the international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.” Furthermore, educational activities will be carried out for daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law as well as for young men, women, and families to raise their awareness of issues related to the prevention of domestic violence. Over 90 women and 120 young women and men in total will be trained in the three urban communities. They will develop their skills and learn how to behave in cases of domestic violence, as well as obtain knowledge that will change their understanding and behavior of both victims of violence and those committing domestic violence.
 
To raise public awareness of the existing domestic violence issues and CPDV activities aimed at prevention of domestic violence, the Women Support Center will provide regular media coverage of activities carried out in the urban communities through cooperation with media and news on TV and radio, as well as publications in press and social media.
 
 
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).