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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