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Activity 4 - Conference on Independent and Effective Investigations

Conference on torture prevention

The second country visit of the BIM project team to Kyrgyzstan took place from 23 – 30 April 2014. Besides a series of meetings with local NGOs and offices of international organisations, the project partners Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and Tian Shan Policy Centre organised a three-day conference on torture prevention, the investigation of torture allegations, accountability of torture perpetrators and the monitoring of places of detention (28-30 April 2014).

Three international experts heading independent torture investigation units/institutions (Mr. Hamish Campbell, Assistant Commissioner at the Independent Commission of Investigations of Jamaica, Mr. Daniel Holder, Deputy Director Committee on the Administration of Justice of Northern Ireland and Mr. Ian Scott, Former Director of Special Investigations Unit, Ontario) presented the models of their respective countries with a subsequent discussion on elements useful for the Kyrgyz context, preceded by a presentation by Ms. Andrea Schüchner (BIM) of international standards of effective investigation into allegations of torture.

The conference furthermore discussed the role of NPMs in the prevention of torture, from the national and international perspectives. Mr. Arman Danielyan, member of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) and Focal Point for Kyrgyzstan, as well as Mr Bakyt Rysbekov, Director of the National Centre for the Prevention of Torture (NPM) of the Kyrgyz Republic presented their views on the current and future challenges of the NPM. Ms. Tiphanie Crittin (BIM) presented a comparative analysis of the structure, challenges and future perspectives of NPMs worldwide.
The third day of the conference was dedicated to small group discussions of law reform and future activities within the framework of the project, "Strengthening the fight against torture and impunity in Kyrgyzstan: Prevention, Accountability, Remedy and Reparation”.

 

Please find the presentations (in Russian) and the agenda in the attachment.