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KYRGYZSTAN: Strengthening the fight against torture and impunity in Kyrgyzstan: Prevention, Accountability, Remedy and Reparation

The project is a response to the call of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment (UNSRT) to assist Kyrgyzstan with technical expertise in its fight against torture and ill-treatment, and requests made by Kyrgyz civil society organisations for more support from international torture prevention experts. The Government of Kyrgyzstan has in recent years reaffirmed its commitment to bring the justice and law enforcement systems up to international standards in respect of the provisions of the international human rights regime, and to eradicate torture in the country. Torture and ill-treatment remains, however, a widespread phenomenon in Kyrgyzstan, as also observed by the UNSRT Juan Méndez during his visits to the country in 2011 and 2012.

Against this background, the project provides technical expert assistance to the Kyrgyz State authorities and Kyrgyz civil society in the ongoing reform efforts with the overall objective of strengthening the fight against torture and impunity in Kyrgyzstan. The project uses the momentum created by the consideration of the situation in the Kyrgyz Republic before international human rights bodies and strategically incorporates and follows-up the recommendations resulting from these discussions in ongoing project activities. The project supports legal and institutional reforms in order to increase the accountability of perpetrators of torture and to enhance effective investigations into torture allegations. The project also provides technical and capacity building support to the newly established National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) and NGOs of the Coalition against Torture, and aims at increasing awareness of international standards of remedy and reparation. Two sub-grants were awarded to Kyrgyz NGOs who support victims of torture.

 
Country: Kyrgyz Republic
Contact persons: Andrea Schuechner, andrea.schuechner@univie.ac.at
                          Tiphanie Crittin, tiphanie.crittin@univie.ac.at

 

Lead Organisation: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
Partner organisation: Tian Shan Policy Centre (TSPC) of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA)
Project start: 02/2014
Project end: 09/2015
Funded by: European Commission (EIDHR)

 

Please see the following links for further information about the individual activities:

Activity 1 - Kick-off
Activity 2 - UN Human Rights Committee
Activity 3 - OSCE Conference on NPMs
Activity 4 - Conference on Independent and Effective Investigations
Activity 5 - NPM Capacity Building Workshop
Activity 6 - Workshop on Complaints and Investigation Mechanism
Activity 7 - Award of NGO Grants
Activity 8 - High Level Round Table on the NPM
Activity 9 - Training on Applied Monitoring Methodology
Activity 10 - Review of the Kyrgyz Republic at the UPR
Activity 11 -
Workshop on Institutional reforms through the consolidation of a unified methodology and tools for monitoring places of deprivation of liberty
Activity 12 - Capacity building and consultation week in Vienna
Activity 13 - Training of Trainers for Judges and Prosecutors
Activity 14 - Roundtable on the Right to Remedy and Reparations - International Standards and Best Practices
Activities 15 – 18 Closing Visit of the project team