Establishing an Effective National Preventive Mechanism in the Kyrgyz Republic

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Establishing an Effective National Preventive Mechanism in the Kyrgyz RepublicA one-day international round-table event was held in Bishkek on 16 April, designed to advance the process of establishing an NPM in the Kyrgyz Republic. Kyrgyzstan deposited its ratification of the OPCAT with the UN on 29 December 2008 and has until 28 December 2009 to put in place its national monitoring body. Although the draft NPM legislation was comprehensive and largely in compliance with the provisions of the OPCAT text, the proposed model was ultimately rejected by certain key participants.

 

Date:
16 April 2009
Place:
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Purpose:
To ensure the establishment of a viable, effective NPM in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Partners:

Representative Office of the OHCHR in Central Asia

Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic

OSCE-ODIHR

Voice of Freedom NGO Coalition

Activities:
A one-day international round-table event was held in Bishkek on 16 April 2009, designed to advance the process of establishing an NPM in the Kyrgyz Republic. The event, which was co-sponsored by the APT, OHCHR's Regional Office in Central Asia, OSCE-ODIHR, Kyrgyz Ombudsman's Office and the Voice of Freedom NGO coalition, was the third in a series of meetings which have been held on this matter over the past 18 months. During this period certain headway has been made in developing a national vision of an NPM, which may include representatives of the Ombudsman's Office and civil society.   

For the occasion, two members of the UN International Subcommittee on Prevention, Marija Definis Gojanovic and Zdenek Hajek, attended the event to lend their invaluable advice to the ongoing process. Moreover, Ivan Selih, a Senior Advisor at the Slovenian Ombudsman's Office travelled to Bishkek to share his country's experiences of having established a civil society-Ombudsman hybrid NPM model in 2008.
Outcome:

The Kyrgyz Republic deposited its ratification of the OPCAT with the UN on 29 December 2008 and has until 28 December 2009 to put in place its national monitoring body. The 16 April event was a timely moment to examine the viability of the proposed NPM model and to scrutinize the compatibility of the draft NPM legislation with the requirements of the OPCAT text.

Around 60 persons attended the event in order to discuss the legislation in-depth. Although the draft NPM legislation was comprehensive and largely in compliance with the provisions of the OPCAT text, the proposed model was ultimately rejected by certain key participants. The latter felt that there would be problems in promoting the legislation in parliament and in securing finance for the institution. The Kyrgyz Ombudsman numbered among the influential participants who had doubts about the NPM proposal. It therefore remains to be seen which new proposals emerge in the coming months.

Documents:
Agenda (Russian)
Contact Person:
Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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