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Promoting Kyrgyzstan's NPM Draft Law


Monday, October 4, 2010

On 4 October Kyrgyzstan's draft NPM law was scrutinized by a range of national actors, including high-level government officials. The draft law is the outcome of a lengthy process to develop a vision of an NPM and to anchor it in law. It is hoped that as a result of this meeting, enough political support will be generated to ensure that the draft law receives political backing in parliament and that the government allocates adequate resources to the future NPM.

Date: 04 October 2010
Place: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Purpose: To promote Kyrgyzstan’s draft law to establish an NPM among national actors.
Partners: British Embassy Astana
European Commission
Ministry of Justice
OHCHR’s Regional Office in Central Asia
Open Society Institute
UNDP Kyrgyzstan
Activities: On 4 October Kyrgyzstan’s draft NPM law was scrutinized by a range of national actors, including high-level government officials from key ministries. The latter included Minister of Justice Aida Salyanova, whose ministry has had a close hand in developing the latest version of the draft law, as well as Ulugbek Azimov, who has played a leading role in preparing various previous drafts in the multi-agency working group, which was established to elaborate the NPM law. Both representatives spoke during the event in addition to a representative from the APT.

The draft law is the outcome of a two-and-a-half year process to develop a vision of an NPM and to anchor it in law. During this period there have been a whole series of round-table events and public hearings on the issue. Significantly, civil society has played an important role during this process.

The event was co-sponsored by various bodies including the British Embassy in Astana, European Commission, Ministry of Justice, OHCHR’s Regional Office in Central Asia, Open Society Institute and UNDP Kyrgyzstan.

The APT has travelled repeatedly to Kyrgyzstan since 2004 in order to promote the ratification of the OPCAT. In recent years it has worked intensively with national actors to ensure the instrument is implemented effectively in practice.
Outcome: Encouragingly, most participants were supportive of the draft NPM law although a series of relatively minor changes were proposed to it. It will now be the task of the multi-agency NPM working group, referred to above, to take into consideration these proposals and prepare the law for its initial reading by the country’s parliament, Joghorku Kenesh.

It is hoped that, as a result of this high-level meeting, enough political support will be engendered to ensure that the draft law receives political backing in parliament and that the government allocates adequate resources to the future NPM.
Documents: Agenda: English Russian
Contact Person: Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer

Photos Courtesy of UNDP Kyrgyzstan

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