On April 19, 2018, the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP), inaugurated Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in the city of Naryn and in Kochkor village of Naryn Oblast. These centers provide free legal consultations to citizens, including the rural population and vulnerable groups, and increase the public’s knowledge of human rights and available resources to improve access to justice. The USAID CGP is assisting the Ministry of Justice in its initiative to increase the availability of legal aid and previously supported the opening of four FLACs, including in Isfana and Kadamjay in Batken Oblast, and in Jalal-Abad city and Bazar-Korgon village in Jalal-Abad Oblast. The USAID CGP also provides technical assistance to improve the quality of the legal services provided by the 20 existing FLACs around the country.

More info covered by Naryn TV: https://youtu.be/b_ltLrmy4MY

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Deputy Prosecutor of Kochkor district, Counselor of Justice of the second grade Shaparkul Abdyrazaev (from left), Mission Director of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Kimberly Rosen, Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Akzhol Kalbekov, and Chairman of the Council of Defense Attorneys of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raiymkulov cut a ribbon to inaugurate the new Free Legal Aid Center in Kochkor village of Naryn Oblast.

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Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Akzhol Kalbekov (from left), Head of the Kochkor District State Administration Nurlan Kerimkulov, Mission Director of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Kimberly Rosen, and Project Management Specialist of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Erkin Konurbaev with participants of the inauguration ceremony at the new Free Legal Aid Center in Kochkor village, Naryn Oblast.

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Mission Director of the USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Kimberly Rosen (from left), Plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Amanbai Kaiypov, Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Akzhol Kalbekov, and Chairman of the Council of Defense Attorneys of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raiymkulov cut a ribbon to inaugurate the new Free Legal Aid Center in Naryn city of Naryn Oblast.

 

Over 60 representatives of state notary offices, lawyers, employees of the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid and Chui-Bishkek territorial unit of the Ministry of Justice took an active part in the seminar “State-Guaranteed Legal Aid: Practical Issues", which was held in Bishkek on April 16, 2018. This is one of a series of seminars held by the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid, organized 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." More info is available on the Ministry of Justice’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/minjustKR/posts/560385614345803

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Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Akzhol Kalbekov opens a seminar in Bishkek with opening remarks.

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The chairman of the Council of Defense Attorneys of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bilim Raiymkulov, highlighted in his speech at the seminar that members of the BAR Association play an important role in implementation of the Law “On State Guaranteed Legal Aid in the Kyrgyz Republic” and in the operation of Free Legal Aid Centers in regions.

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Expert, member of the Working Group of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Maripa Seidalieva addresses the participants of the seminar in Bishkek with comments on the State Guaranteed Legal Aid.

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A seminar on "State-Guaranteed Legal Aid: Practical Issues" is being actively held in Bishkek, where more than 60 representatives of state notary offices, lawyers, employees of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the KR and Chui-Bishkek Territorial units of the Ministry of Justice participated.

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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. 

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The seminar was 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."

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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).

 

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).

 

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