On September 9 – 12 in Cholpon-Ata, the project implemented Activity 6, a workshop titled “Development of proposal for the legislative reforms necessary to effectuate strong complaints mechanisms to comprehensively address allegations of torture”. The activity was conducted in coordination with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for Central Asia (OHCHR ROCA) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Center in Bishkek. Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the General Prosecution’s Office (GPO), the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Ombudsman office, civil society and two experts on prevention of torture and legislative reforms from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
In the course of the workshop, a proposal for an effective complaint and investigatory mechanism was developed, which includes its legal status, mandate, powers, structure, complaint receipt modalities, funding, and accountability, and can therefore be considered the base for the development of a draft law. Of additional value is the fact that the proposal was jointly developed and agreed upon by all the major stakeholders dealing with the issue of torture in Kyrgyzstan, including the MoI.
The proposal will be presented at the end of October to representatives of Kyrgyz authorities and of Kyrgyz civil society at the 5th EU - Kyrgyzstan Civil Society Seminar on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment.
Please find the agenda in the attachment.