On December 6, 2016 over 90 university students attended a guest lecture of Aliya Kalybaeva, PhD on Law, professor at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, 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”. Aliya Kalybaeva, one of the authors of the draft Law on Legal Aid Guaranteed by State, presented to the students the comparative analysis of the current Law on Guaranteed Legal Aid and a new draft Law, which had been recently adopted by Jogorku Kenesh and submitted to President of the KR for signature. The participants learned about categories of citizens who are eligible for free legal aid and consultations in KR, where to receive free legal aid country-wide. They explained that new Law will increase the categories of citizens who can receive free legal aid – poor and unemployed, minors, people with disabilities, military personnel, and detained person as well as will expand the categories of cases, which will be addressed criminal, civil and administrative cases. Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID CGP Meder Dastanbekov talked about international obligations of the KR, as well as international practice in the field of providing free legal aid. Meder Dastanbekov showed 13 legal aid centers that are functioning in the Chui, Talas, Osh and Issyk-Kul oblasts. The lecturers advised the students of the Kyrgyz State Law Academy to learn more about current legislation on free legal aid and find addresses and organizations, that provide free legal aid at: http://kartauslug.minjust.gov.kg.

Photo 1 Meder Dastanbekov Aliya Kalybavea together with students

Aliya Kalybaeva, PhD on Law, professor at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, and Meder Dastanbekov, Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID CGP together with the students of Kyrgyz State Law Academy – participants of the guest lecture on the theme: “Realization and Protection of Rights, Freedoms and Interests of Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic”

Photo 2 Aliya Kalybaeva and Meder Dastanbekov telling about rights for free legal aid

Aliya Kalybaeva, PhD on Law, professor at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, telling students about the Law on Legal Aid Guaranteed by State, that regulates free legal aid

Photo 3 students study the booklet on free legal aid with interest

Students reading with interest a booklet on free legal aid in KR

Photo 4 Meder telling about Centers for Free Legal Aid available in KR

Meder Dastanbekov, Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID CGP telling about 13 Legal Aid Centers available in Chui, Talas, Osh, and Issyk-Kul Oblasts of the country

Photo 5 over 90 students attended guest lecture at KS Law Academy on Dec. 6

Over 90 students attended a guest lecture of Aliya Kalybaeva, PhD on Law, professor at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, 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” at Kyrgyz State Law Academy on December 6

Photo 6 Questions and Answer Session very active

The participants of the guest lecture were very active during the questions and answer session. A student is interested to know if Kyrgyzstan using the US experience on free legal aid

Photo 7 students asked different questions whose experience KR follows

The participant of the guest lecture asking 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 8 questions were of different character

A participant would like to know more about free legal aid and where a personal consultation is available

Photo 9 Meder Dastanbekov telling about best foreign practices on free legal adi

Rule of Law Program Officer of the USAID CGP Meder Dastanbekov telling about international experience on free legal aid