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Activity 13: Training of Trainers for Judges and Prosecutors

A series of trainings of trainers (ToT) for judges and prosecutors were conducted in coordination with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for Central Asia (OHCHR ROCA), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Center in Bishkek, UN Women, and the Study Center of Judges and Prosecutors within the General Prosecutor Office and the Supreme Court. The trainings were held in Bishkek from 20 to 23 May 2015, and in Issyk-Kul from 1 to 4 June 2015. The objective of the trainings was to strengthen the capacities of prosecutors and judges in investigating torture allegations, to increase awareness of international norms and standards of torture prevention, and to consolidate knowledge of international human rights protection mechanisms and the procedures involving the filing of individual complaints, particularly those related to torture and ill-treatment. The director of the National Center for the Prevention of Torture (NPM), Bakyt Rysbekov, introduced the new institution and explained its role in the prevention of torture and the differences to the mandate of the Ombudsinstitution, and underlined the need for coordination and exchange between the NPM and the Prosecution. In the training of judges, the main topics of discussion were international norms and standards of fair trial, the role of judges in reviewing criminal cases involving torture allegations, medical documentation according to the Istanbul Protocol, the absolute prohibition of torture and the role of the NPM.

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