The 4th country visit of the BIM project team took place from October 22 to November 7, 2014. On October 27, a High-Level Round Table that discussed the role of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) took place in Bishkek. The aim of the Round Table was to discuss the status of responses to the NPM’s Annual Report of 2013 as well as the implementation of recommendations of both the SPT and the NPM. Furthermore, the relationship and dialogue between the NPM and State authorities and institutions were discussed, as well as the principles of cooperation, confidentiality and transparency in the work of the NPM. In addition, challenges to the fulfilment of the mandate and objectives of the NPM were reviewed and international best practice examples of NPM working procedures were highlighted. Participants to the event were representatives of State authorities (the Human Rights Committee of the Parliament, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Interior, GSIN, the NPM, and NGOs).
On the second day of the Round Table, NPM staff and NGO staff representing the Anti-Torture Coalition discussed the NPM staff capacity, development strategy, the partnership/collaboration/communication and transparency approach vis-a-vis State agencies and other interested parties, the monitoring and reporting of: the strategy of 2014, the Monitoring Plan, the methodology of visits, and the communication strategy with media and the public.
Both days of round tables were opened and accompanied by Dr. Victor Zaharia, member of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) who also paid an advisory visit to the office of the National Centre for the Prevention of Torture (the NPM).
Further information may be found here.
The agenda, the outcome document (resolution), the presentation (in Russian) and the press release may be found in the attachment.