Bishkek - On June 14, over 20 representatives from the Ombudsman’s Institute, including its regional representatives, participated in a training on State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (SGLA) and interviewing techniques.

The participants highlighted the importance of interaction between the Ombudsman’s Institute and the Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) to provide targeted, timely, and quality legal assistance to the most vulnerable groups of the population. In particular, the Ombudsman’s representative, Mr. Samat Kalchabaev noted: “It would be easier if people could access the FLAC lawyers through a hot-line and receive a quick legal consultation, because people, especially from the suburbs, often cannot travel to the FLACs for consultations.”

During the training, the participants also learned how to interview clients and provide quality consultations to citizens with different legal problems, including victims of domestic violence.

The Ministry of Justice’s SGLA Coordination Center organized the training with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.

Photo 1 Training to OMB Office key speakers

(from the left to the right) Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, Mr. Ruslan Moldokasymov, Deputy Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Erlan Alimbaev, and Director of the Coordination Center of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid of the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Akjol Kalbekov gave the opening remarks.

Photo 2 Akjol Kalbekov speaking

Director of the Coordination Center of SGLA of the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Akjol Kalbekov explained the roles and responsibilities of the Coordination Center.

Photo 3 working in small groups

Participants worked in small groups and presented their ideas about effective consultation techniques.

Photo 4 Jyldyz Ryskulova Deputy Director FLA CC June 14 2019

Deputy Director of the Coordination Center of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (SGLA) under the Ministry of Justice Jyldyz Ryskulova spoke about the MoJ’s annual campaign on free legal aid and called upon the participants to join in future events.

 

As of May 2019, it is possible for the public to monitor online the implementation progress of state bodies’ Open Government (Achyk Okmot) commitments. Follow the link http://ogp.el.kg/ru/commitments to see the detailed action plans for each commitment, implementation timelines, activity costs, and progress reports. Monitoring by the public will contribute to the full and timely implementation of the commitments and, in the long term, make the Kyrgyz government more transparent, accountable, and responsive to its citizens’ expectations.

In November 2017, Kyrgyzstan became the 75th member state of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which is aimed at implementing the member governments’ commitments to ensure transparency, citizen empowerment, anticorruption, and the use of new technologies to improve public administration. As part of the adopted Action Plan, Kyrgyzstan undertook 18 commitments, including improvement of citizens’ access to information, promotion of budget transparency, and involvement of civil society in anticorruption, audit activities and decision-making processes.

The Public Union “Alliance for Civil Initiative Promotion” developed the online monitoring module with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. The USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI), works to foster effective cooperation between civil society and government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

 

From June through December 2019, members of Committees for Prevention of Domestic Violence will conduct awareness raising events aimed at preventing domestic violence in Kara-Suu and Nookat districts. 
 
The Committees for Prevention of Domestic Violence were established to combat domestic violence at the local level. They help to improve cooperation between members of the Committees, including representatives of state district administrations, local units of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, educational and health institutions, and law enforcement bodies. The Committees also include civil society members such as courts of the elderly, women’s councils, and other active residents. Local authorities represented by the heads of ayil okmotu and members of local councils play a key role in establishing such committees and approving their membership and plans. 
 
Since January 2019, Public Fund DIA and Public Union Gulmaidan have been working closely with five Committees in Nookat district (Gulistanovskey and Keneshskey rural municipalities, and ayil okmotu Mirmahmudov and Isanov) and five Committees in Kara-Suu district (Madynskey and Jooshskey rural municipalities and three territorial committees in Kara-Suu town). The Committees were established as part of the project “Promoting Local Committees for Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence,” implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. 
 Training in Nookat for women 29 05 2019
 
The Collaborative Governance Program 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).
 

From June through December 2019, a project will be implemented in Batken and Leilek districts to protect the rights of labor migrants’ children. As part of the project, a system of public monitoring of children’s living conditions to be established to ensure timely detection of violations and information campaign conducted to raise public awareness of the importance of formalizing guardianship to ensure and respect the rights of the migrants’ children.

The Public Union Activist and the Public Foundation Daanazat will implement 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” with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.

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 migrate parents in the care of their relatives. Such children are often abused and suffer from domestic violence. The project is aimed at raising public awareness of issues faced by labor migrants’ children, ways to resolve these issues and measures to ensure and respect for children’s rights.

The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government 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).

From June through December 2019, members of Committees for Prevention of Domestic Violence will conduct awareness raising events aimed at preventing domestic violence in new settlements of Bishkek city. 
 
The Committees for Prevention of Domestic Violence were established to combat domestic violence at the Local Territorial Management Units of Bishkek city. They help to improve cooperation between members of the Committees, including representatives of state district administrations, local units of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, educational and health institutions, and law enforcement bodies. The Committees also include civil society members such as courts of the elderly, women’s councils, and other active residents. Local authorities represented by the Chairs of Local Territorial Management Units play a key role in establishing such committees and approving their membership and plans. 
 
Since January 2019, Association of Crisis Centers and Public Union “Ravnye Prava” have been working closely with nine Committees in new settlements of Bishkek city (Ak-Bosogo, Kalys-Ordo,Muras-Ordo, Kolmo, Jenish, Ak-Jar, Ak-Bata, Dordoi1, and Dordoi2). The Committees were established as part of the project “Promoting Local Committees for Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence,” implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. 
 
The Collaborative Governance Program 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).
 Photo of ACC team working on new work plan 2019