On June 12, the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid (CCSGLA) under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic held its first coordination meeting with over 30 non-government organizations (NGOs) and legal clinics of universities to improve the legal opportunities for communities and establish efficient mechanisms of cooperation between government agencies, local governments and civil society institutions. The CCSGLA provided information on key regulations governing the provision of state-guaranteed free legal aid to the population and signed an agreement of cooperation with NGOs and legal clinics. The coordinated efforts of all stakeholders will promote a more efficient enforcement of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On State-guaranteed Legal Aid”, as well as improving access to justice for the population. The first coordination meeting was organized with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by East-West Management Institute, and the Finland Foreign Ministry and UNDP’s project “Towards Sustainable Access to Justice for Improving Legal Opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

Photo 5 Coordination Meeting MoU signing Akjol Kalbekov Maripa Seidalieva IMG 6507

Director of the Center for Coordination of Free Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice Akjol Kalbekov congratulates the Head of the Public Union “Center for Development of Law and Legislation” Maripa Seidalieva after signing the Agreement of Cooperation.

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Director of the Center for Coordination of Free Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice Akjol Kalbekov (third from left) presents new regulations governing the provision of state-guaranteed free legal aid to the population.

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Bubusara Ryskulova, Executive Director of the Crisis Center “Sezim”, provides her comments on improving access to free legal aid for victims of domestic violence.

Photo 4 Coordination Meeting Ayana Koduranova lawyer MoU presentation IMG 6486

Legal Expert Ayana Koduranova presents the agreement of cooperation.

Photo 6 Coordination Meeting Zulfiya Turumbekova sharing her view KAoWJs IMG 6461

Executive Director of the Association of Women Judges, Zulfia Turumbekova, shares the Association’s experience on advancing the Law on State Guaranteed Free Legal Aid.

Photo 7 Coordination Meeting Natalia Kotik PF Liniya Zashity IMG 6512

Chair of the Public Human Rights Foundation “Protection Line”, Natalia Kotik (in the center), signs the agreement of cooperation.

Photo 9 Coordination Meeting Olga Janaeva PU Women Organization Alga MoU signing IMG 6536

Olga Janaeva, Head of the Public Union of Women “Alga” and representative from Women Support Center sign the agreement of cooperation.

Photo 10 Coordination Meeting CSOs Legal Clinics all together IMG 6541

A memory photos of over 40 participants of the first coordination meeting including representatives of the Ministry of Justice, USAID Collaborative Governance Program, UNDP, CSOs, and legal clinics after signing the agreement of cooperation.