On August 6-7 and 8-9, 2019, two-day trainings were held in Batken and Isfana for employees of the Family and Children's Protection Department under the Batken and Leilek Administration of Labor and Social Development, local lawyers, representatives of guardianship bodies, public organizations, a representative of the Ombudsman’s Office, social workers and educators.
 
During the training, participants were familiarized with national mechanisms for enforcing children’s rights and protecting them from domestic violence, with a focus on children left without parental care.
 
Low wages and high unemployment rates in the Batken oblast force local citizens to seek income opportunities abroad. As the labor migration rate grows, so does the number of children left by their migrant parents in the care of their relatives. Such children are often abused and suffer from domestic violence. 
 
The Public Union Activist and the Public Foundation Daanazat conducted the trainings as part of the project “Assistance in Safeguarding the Rights and Legitimate Interests of the Children Left without Parental Care in Batken and Leilek Districts of the Batken Oblast,” implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. The project is aimed at raising public awareness of issues faced by labor migrants’ children, ways to resolve these issues and measures to ensure respect for children’s rights.
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During the training, participants were familiarized with national mechanisms for enforcing children’s rights and protecting them from domestic violence, with a focus on children left without parental care.

 

In July, the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Free Legal Aid launched a new online reporting system and trained 60 lawyers of free legal aid centers on how to use it. The system allows lawyers to report on the consultations provided and generates a real-time board displaying detailed information on the consultations. It has a comprehensive feedback mechanism that allows the clients to rate the lawyers through WhatsApp and get online consultations. The new reporting system is available in Russian, Kyrgyz, and English at http://otchet.ukuk-jardam.gov.kg.

The online reporting system was developed with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP). The CGP provides support to the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid in its effort to increase access to justice and strengthen the rule of law.

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The Director of the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Free Legal Aid, Akjol Kalbekov, presenting the new reporting system to his staff.

The Karakol Mayor’s Office is launching two social projects to be implemented through the state social procurement (SSP) mechanism . On a competitive basis, Public Foundation Baldarga Tirek was selected to implement the project “Children of Labor Migrants”, and Public Union Ulukman Daryger will implement the project “Women - Victims of Domestic Violence”.
 
“The total amount secured in the Karakol local budget for the two projects is 400,000 Kyrgyz soms. The projects will be implemented until the end of the year. A competition will be announced soon for the third project, entitled “Maintaining Public Order” and aimed at working with homeless people”, - said Tolumbekova G., Karakol Finance Department Head. 
 
Karakol has become the third city in Kyrgyzstan to apply a new method of collaboration with non-commercial organizations (NCOs), engaging them to address priority social issues. In this case, the Karakol Mayor’s Office invited NCOs’ to submit proposals aimed to protect the interests of labor migrants’ children and provide assistance and support to female victims of domestic violence. 
 
Karakol is a partner of the project “Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development for State Social Procurement” implemented by the Development Policy Institute (DPI) with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. DPI has selected municipalities willing to apply state/municipal social procurement practices and currently provides consultative support through all the implementation stages: identifying priority issues, selecting NCOs, and monitoring project implementation. 
 
The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society and the state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).
 
On July 19, 2019, the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, held a conference on “The Role of Legal Clinics in the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid System.” 
The conference participants included representatives from different ministries and agencies, such as the Board of the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic, Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan, legal clinics from the country’s universities, civil society, and international organizations. 
At the conference, the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan (ALC) shared its achievements, results gained, and lessons learned as part of the implementation of the project “Strengthening the Interaction between Legal Clinics, the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (SGLA Coordination Center), the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic and Relevant Universities to Improve Access to Free Legal Aid for Vulnerable Populations”. The project has been implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.
It should be noted that in March 2019, the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan, SGLA Coordination Center, and the Board of the Bar Association signed a cooperation agreement to promote access to legal aid. In April, 45 law students from across the country attended a series of trainings as part of the Rule of Law Summer School, where they gained the knowledge and skills necessary for providing legal assistance, and also interned at the Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs).
In his opening remark, the USAID Mission Director, Mr. Gary Linden, noted: “Since 2016, we have been supporting the development of free legal aid in the Kyrgyz Republic. In three years, we helped open 10 FLACs in Batken, Jalal-Abad, Issyk-Kul, and Naryn provinces. This means that thousands of more people now have access to legal experts on critical issues like family disputes, property rights, obtaining documents, etc. Citizens face such issues every day!”
“I am especially glad that we are helping to engage future lawyers and legal experts in developing the Free Legal Aid system. This year, USAID has partnered with the Association of Legal Clinics to expand the network of free legal aid providers. I hope that we reach this goal. This project is only the first step in a long journey of cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the legal clinics.”
The Minister of Justice, Mr. Marat Jamankulov, made opening remarks and thanked all the project participants for their collaborative efforts aimed at improving access to the state-guaranteed legal aid. “I hope that the law students have benefitted from their internship, and they will join the Ministry of Justice staff and Free Legal Aid Centers and thus, contribute to efficient implementation of the Law on State-Guaranteed Legal Aid,” the Minister noted.
During the conference, the young lawyers shared their views on their internship with the FLACs. The participants signed the Code of Legal Clinicist and the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan and the Department for Registration of Vehicles and Drivers under the State Registration Service. The project’s top students and experts were awarded with certificates and letters of gratitude. The participants concluded that the legal clinics are part of the state-guaranteed legal aid system and help improve the government’s capacity for providing legal assistance to vulnerable populations.
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From left to right: Expert of the Legal Support Department of the President’s Administration Meder Jusupov, Mission Director of the USAID in the Kyrgyz Republic Gary Linden, Vice-Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Mirlan Bakirov, Minister of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Marat Jamankulov, and President of the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan at the Conference “The Role of Legal Clinics in the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid System.”

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Over 60 representatives from government, civil society organizations, and the donor community, as well as law students from university legal clinics, took an active part in the Final Conference on the project “Strengthening the Interaction between Legal Clinics, the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic and Relevant Universities to Improve Access to Free Legal Aid for Vulnerable Populations.”

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Vice-Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) Mirlan Bakirov hands a certificate to Rinat Amanturov, a law student at Issyk-Kul Law Institute, who successfully completed the Rule of Law Summer School and an internship with a Free Legal Aid Center.

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USAID Mission Director Mr. Gary Linden confers a letter of gratitude to Nurmambet Kulushev, a law student at Jalal-Abad State University, for successfully completing an internship with a Free Legal Aid Center under the SGLA Coordination Center of the Ministry of Justice.

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Deputy Director of the Coordination Center for State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (SGLA CC) under the Ministry of Justice Jyldyz Ryskulova presents her comments and recommendations on further cooperation with the Association of Legal Clinic of Kyrgyzstan; (from left to right) Director of the Educational and Methodological Center of the State Service for Financial Intelligence under the KR Government Bakytbek Alisherov, Director of the Office of the American Bar Association in the Kyrgyz Republic Azamat Kerimbaev, and Chairman of the Association of Lawyers of Kyrgyzstan Ruslan Myrzalimov.

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Ruslan Myrzalimov, Chairman of the Association of Lawyers of Kyrgyzstan, highlighted in his speech the importance of involving legal clinic students in improving access to state-guaranteed legal aid for citizens and shared good news: “Law students, who successfully completed their internship with FLACs, can apply to the Association of Lawyers of Kyrgyzstan for membership without paying any membership fees while studying.”

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(Center) Executive Director of the Anti AIDS Association, Chinara Bakirova, provided her comments and highly approved the activities of the Association of Legal Clinics.

 

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Esengul kyzy Elzada, a law student at Toktomamatov International University, presents the work she did, as part of her internship with the FLAC under the SGLA Coordination Center of the Ministry of Justice.

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Vyacheslav Korzhov, a law student at Issyk-Kul Law Institute, presents the work he did, as part of his internship with the FLAC under the Issyk-Kul Oblast Justice Department in Karakol.

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Rahmatullo Yusupov, a law student at Kyrgyz-Uzbek University, presents the work he did, as part of his internship with a FLAC in Southern Kyrgyzstan.

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Representatives from the donor community and KR President’s Office listen attentively to presentations from law students who had their internship with FLACs all over the country.

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The law students, who successfully completed their internship with FLACs under the SGLA Coordination Center of the Ministry of Justice, received certificates and letters of gratitude for providing legal aid to citizens at FLACs around the country. 

 

Bishkek. On July 19, 2019, the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, will hold a conference entitled “Role of Legal Clinics within the State-guaranteed Legal Aid System” that will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Jannat Regency Hotel, 21/2 Aaly Tokombaev Street. 
 
The conference guest list includes representatives of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, the US Embassy, the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministry of Justice, the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid, the Board of the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministry of Education, the State Migration Service, and the National Center for Mediation and Legal Clinics. 
 
At the Final Conference, the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan will share its accomplishments, the results achieved, and the lessons learned through the implementation of the project “Strengthening the Interaction between Legal Clinics, the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic and Relevant Universities to Improve Access to Free Legal Aid for Vulnerable Populations”.
 
In March 2019, the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan and the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice signed a cooperation agreement to promote access to legal aid. In April, 45 law students from all regions of the country attended a series of trainings as part of the Rule of Law Summer School, where they gained knowledge and skills necessary for providing legal assistance, and also had internships with Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) under the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid. 
 
The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society and the state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).
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At the Final Conference, the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan will share its accomplishments, the results achieved, and the lessons learned through the implementation of the project “Strengthening the Interaction between Legal Clinics, the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic and Relevant Universities to Improve Access to Free Legal Aid for Vulnerable Populations”.