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Access to Justice for Socially Disadvantaged Groups in the Kyrgyz Republic

COUNTRY Kyrgyz Republic

TYPE OF PROJECT Access to justice
Children`s rights
Minorities´Rights
Women`s rights

PERIOD 1 July 2016–31 December 2017

DONOR Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH)

BUDGET

BENEFICIARY Kyz Ayim NGO

Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Kyrgyz Republic Turkmenistan Tajikistan
DESCRIPTION

The purpose of this project is to improve the access to justice of disadvantaged groups in the Kyrgyz Republic. Access can be obstructed by various factors:

  • Lack of the necessary financial means to cover the costs for legal representation and legal fees;
  • Ignorance of rights or how to assert them;
  • Residence in a rural area;
  • Membership of a vulnerable group – women and children, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and migrants.

The project is being implemented by Germany’s Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (MPF), which is cooperating with civil society actors and State institutions such as courts, administration offices, police and public prosecutors’ offices. Its implementation partner is “Kyz Ayim”, a non-governmental organisation founded in 2001 by Kyrgyz female jurists which is able to access an extensive network of civil society organisations in various parts of the country.

Outcome:

The project will hold a series of seven workshops—one in 2016, six in 2017—with the participation of MPF trainers and local experts, to train persons who are either in immediate charge of the application of law or responsible for its critical observation. These workshops will:

  • Deal with the applicable human rights standards;
  • Jointly elaborate solutions to frequently encountered problems;
  • Give special attention to the rights of particularly vulnerable groups.
  • Address:
    • international law standards for access to justice;
    • constitutional protections within Kyrgyzstan;
    • procedural aspects of civil and criminal law; and
    • the roles played by informal justice institutions.
  • Include a comparative perspective, drawing from the experiences of other jurisdictions.

The trainings will take place in all seven provinces (oblasts) of Kyrgyzstan, in order to ensure that institutions in remote areas are also reached.

Contact:

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. Bergheimer Str. 139 – 151, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany; Tel: +49 (0)6221/91404-0, Fax: +49 (0)6221/91404-44; Web: www.mpfpr.de, E-mail: office@mpfpr.de