On December 7, 2016 over 30 participants, including univerity students, the facutly members and a representative of CSO, attended a guest lecture of Akjol Kalbekov, Deputy Chief of Chui Regional Department of Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Meder Dastanbekov, Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID CGP, on the theme: “Realization and Protection of Rights, Freedoms and Interests of Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic”. Lecturers discussed with the participants access of citizens to free legal aid and consultations, as well as new Law on Legal Aid Guaranteed by State, which had been recently approved by Jogorku Kenesh and directed to President of the KR for signature. They explained that main change would relate to providing free legal aid (lawyer services) to certain categories of citizens – poor and unemployed, minors, people with disabilities, military personnel, and people charged with felony - not only with criminal, but with civil cases. Further, the audience was presented with the related obligations of the KR, as well as experience of foreign countries in the field of providing free legal assistance that is currently a widespread international practice. Mr. Dastanbekov told that currently 13 legal assistance centers work in the Chui, Talas, Osh and Issyk-Kul oblasts on the basis of state notary offices. There is a plan to open 6 centers in Batken, Naryn and Jalalabad oblasts on the basis of the Ministry of Justice of the KR. Special interest from the students was revealed to information on the providers of free legal consultations in the Kyrgyz Republic. Mr. Kalbekov urged the participants to pay more attention to this question and get acquainted with the information on providers of the legal aid that is available on the official website of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic. Besides, the site offers regularly updated database of legislative acts and other legal information of Kyrgyzstan. During the discussion, the participants talked about life examples demonstrating importance of legal literacy in the contemporary reality that is also relevant to such areas as rights of students and university professors.

Photo 1 Group photo at NPM RC KNU Dec 7

Akjol Kalbekov, Deputy Chief of Chui Regional Department of Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Meder Dastanbekov, Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID CGP together with the participants of the guest lecture on the theme: “Realization and Protection of Rights, Freedoms and Interests of Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic”

Photo 2 Presentation at NPM RC KNU Dec 7

Meder Dastanbekov, Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID CGP presenting the Law on Legal Aid Guaranteed by State

Photo 3 Speach of Kalybaev Akjol MoJ representative at NPMRC KNU Dec 7

Akjol Kalbekov, Deputy Chief of Chui Regional Department of Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, explained what changes are expected in the legislation  - free legal aid (lawyer services) to certain categories of citizens – poor and unemployed, minors, people with disabilities, military personnel, and people charged with felony - not only with criminal, but with civil cases as well

Photo 4 presentation at NPM RC KNU Dec 7

Meder Dastanbekov told that currently 13 legal assistance centers work in the Chui, Talas, Osh and Issyk-Kul oblasts opened on the basis of state notary offices. There is a plan to open 6 centers in Batken, Naryn and Jalalabad oblasts on the basis of the Ministry of Justice of the KR

Photo 5 Students at NPM RC NKU Dec 7

The participants of the guest lecture learning with interest about the changes in the Law on Legal Aid Guaranteed by State and about free legal aid available for certain categories of citizens

Photo 6 MoJ representative consultation NPM RC KNU Dec 7

Akjol Kalbekov, Deputy Chief of Chui Regional Department of Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic providing a personal consultation to one of the participants