On April 15,16, and 18, the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (SGLA) under the Ministry of Justice and the CSO Network Secretariat held a meeting with representatives of local self-government bodies, noncommercial organizations, and representatives of legal clinics of Jalal-Abad, Osh, and Batken provinces to discuss the implementation of the Government Decree dated June 12, 2018 # 594 on Interaction of Entities of the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid System. During the event, the participants had an opportunity to join the CSO Network by signing the cooperation agreement. The document stipulates procedures and mechanism of providing free legal aid by various actors and is aimed at establishing effective referral system.
 
Over 120 people actively participated in the meetings and raised important issues related to interaction and due delivery of legal aid. The participants highlighted the importance of organizing regular meetings and stressed the importance of visiting remote provinces in order to raise awareness about SGLA. The parties mentioned that issues pertaining to migration, registration, border crossing issues, export of goods, and divorce procedures are the most pressing topics at local level. Members of noncommercial organizations provided comments and raised such an important issue as quality of provided legal aid. In particular, Director of the Public Foundation Luch Solomona Mr. Mahmudov shared findings of the attorneys’ monitoring and evaluation report. He also emphasized the significance of improving the quality legal aid where non-profit organizations are willing to assist in monitoring and evaluation aspects. The Chief Specialist of the Jalal-Abad Oblast Justice Department, Mr. Amanov, noted in his speech: “It is important to hold such meetings on a regular basis, or at least quarterly, as well as deliver trainings both to government bodies and noncommercial organizations to focus on issues raised by local communities.”
 
The meeting was organized with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, the UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland’s Project “Towards a Sustainable Access to Justice for Legal Empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic”.
 
Photo 4 CA signed Jyldyz congrats Maksatbek Jorokulov head of PU My i Zakon IMG 8847

Deputy Director of the SGLA Coordination Center Jyldyz Ryskulova congratulates the leader of Public Union My i Zakon on the occasion of signing the Cooperation Agreement between SGLA Coordination Center under the Ministry of Justice, noncommercial organizations, legal clinics of Kyrgyz universities, and other organizations and individuals.

Photo 1 Cooperation Agreement signing with LSG Osh Rayon Nookat IMG 8946

Hairakul Janykulov, Head of the Tash-Korgon Village Council in the Aravan Rayon, Osh Oblast, signing the Agreement on Cooperation.

Photo 2 LSG state bodies in Osh with FLA and Secretariat IMG 8890

Over 50 representatives of government, local self-governments, noncommercial organizations and legal clinics of Osh Oblast participated in the meeting in Osh.

Photo 9 Meeting with CSOs in Osh IMG 8750Photo 3 Встреча в Оше с госуд МСУ IMG 8874

Representatives of government bodies, local self-governments, noncommercial organizations, and legal clinics of Osh Oblast actively shared their ideas on raising public awareness and improving the quality of legal aid provided to local communities as part of the implementation of the Law on SGLA.

Photo 6 Jyldyz Ryskulova awards certificate tablet to journalist Osh IMG 8928

Deputy Director of the SGLA Coordination Center Jyldyz Ryskulova hands over a certificate and a tablet to Ainura Ibraimjanova, attorney, who works at FLAC of Alai Rayon, Osh Oblast, a winner of the contest for the best blog on implementation of SGLA in regions. The SGLA Coordination Center and the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic announced a contest among attorneys and the media for the best publication on SGLA implementation in regions and organized it with the support of the UNDP and Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Project “Towards a Sustainable Access to Justice for Legal Empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic.”

Photo 10Galieva Altynai signed a CA PF Life Plus IMG 8864

Deputy Director of the SGLA Coordination Center Jyldyz Ryskulova (to the left), leader of the Public Union Life Plus Altynai Galieva, and acting head of the Secretariat of the Coordination Board Aijan Jumanalieva (to the right) signing the Cooperation Agreement.