The results of public monitoring of the application of Article 155 of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic "Abduction of Women for Forced Marriage or Obstructing a Marriage" were discussed during a round table meeting in Bishkek on January 27. Representatives of state structures, civil society and international organizations discussed the current situation with abduction of women for forced marriage, and presented a report on monitoring the implementation of Article 155 of the Criminal Code, according to which there is a problem with lack of information among young people and older people in remote areas (of the Kyrgyz Republic) on toughened penalties for bride kidnapping. In addition, the participants determined a work plan for the Interdepartmental Working Group to draft proposals on amendments to normative-legal acts stipulating gender discrimination, violence and increased access to justice.

The Public Fund "Women Support Centre" monitored the application of article 155 of the Criminal Code and organized the round table in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP).

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Participants of the roundtable discussed the current situation with abduction of women for forced marriage

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Tulekova T. during her presentation noted that it is important to carry out systematic information campaigns to inform citizens about criminal responsibility for the forcible abduction of women

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The organizers of the round table prepared and presented to the participants the video about implementation of the Article 155 of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic