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Implementing the Optional Protocol in Kyrgyzstan


Monday, July 7, 2008

Kyrgyzstan EventOn 11 July the APT visited Bishkek to participate in an event designed to promote the effective implementation of the OPCAT in Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz parliament passed legislation ratifying the instrument in February of this year. The legislation was approved and signed by the President in April and Kyrgyzstan is now expected to deposit its ratification with the UN in Autumn 2008. This meeting brought together civil society and government actors in order to discuss the country's future National Preventive Mechanism.


Date:
11 July 2008
Place:
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Partners:

Representative Office of the OHCHR in Central Asia

Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic

Purpose:
To promote the ratification and effective implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT)
Activities:

On 11 July 2008 the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' Regional Office (OHCHR) in Central Asia and the Kyrgyz Ombudsman's Office co-sponsored a one-day round-table event in Bishkek designed to promote the effective implementation of the OPCAT in Kyrgyzstan. An APT staff member travelled to Bishkek to attend and speak at the meeting.

The Kyrgyz parliament passed legislation ratifying the instrument in February 2008, which was later approved and signed by the President in April the same year. Kyrgyzstan is now expected to deposit its ratification with the UN in Autumn 2008. In anticipation of ratification later this year the round-table event aimed to bring together civil society and government actors in order to discuss the country's future National Preventive Mechanism (NPM).

Outcome:
This was the second high-profile event devoted to the OPCAT in Kyrgyzstan. The first took place in Bishkek on 16-17 October 2007, which was co-sponsored by OHCHR in Central Asia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Academy in Bishkek. In the interim period civil society has developed its vision of an NPM, which it presented to government representatives at the 11 July round-table. It is foreseen that more in-depth discussions will take place on this matter under the auspices of the Ombudsman's Office.
Next Steps:
The APT will continue to monitor developments in Kyrgyzstan in relation to its future NPM. This project is part of the APT's heightened engagement in the Central Asia region. 
Documents:

Agenda (English)

Agenda (Russian)

Contact Person:
Matthew Pringle, Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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