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Humanisation of the criminal justice systems of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through establishing criminal legislative codes in line with international human rights standard

COUNTRY Kyrgyz Republic
Tajikistan

TYPE OF PROJECT Children`s rights
Civil society
Prisons

PERIOD November 2013 – March 2015

DONOR UK Government (Department for International Development/DFID or Foreign and Commonwealth Office/FCO)

BUDGET

BENEFICIARY National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) institutions, National Prison Service

Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Kyrgyz Republic Turkmenistan Tajikistan
DESCRIPTION

Establishing alternatives to imprisonment, reducing violence against children via legislation, measures against torture, engaging local civil society in criminal reform process.

Outcome:

Specific objectives :

  • Establishing  a  variety of non-custodial sanctioning measures (ie alternatives to imprisonment) including allowing for the establishment of a probation system;
  • Reducing violence against children via legislation;
  • Definition of torture in line with the UN Convention against Torture and provision in legislation for appropriate sanctions for perpetrators;
  • Engagement of local civil society in criminal reform process

Progress in following areas :

  • In both countries, new draft codes including a variety of non-custodial measures and provide for the future establishment of probation services to supervise non-custodial sentences.
  • In Kyrgyzstan, solitary confinement set to be reduced from seven days to 72 hours.
  • In both countries, the proposed definition of torture is in line with the UN Convention against Torture.
  • In Kyrgyzstan, civil society has been successful in influencing the revisions with 60-75% take-up of their recommendations and PRI plans ;
  • Similar approach with NGOs in Tajikistan during the public hearing stage of the revision.
Contact:

Contracting organisation: Penal Reform International (PRI), Project Manager: Dinara Dildabek Tel/fax: +7 (7172) 79 88 84, 79 88 85, 79 88 86; Email: priastana@penalreform.org, ddildabek@penalreform.org; Website: www.penalreform.org