UNDP supports legislative drafting process in the Kyrgyz Republic

07 Mar 2014

Ongoing judicial reform process is a great opportunity for Kyrgyzstan to build sound justice system serving the common man.

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan – The workshop organized by the President's Office, UNDP and its international partners, Soros Foundation, OSCE, OHCHR, UNODC, GIZ, and USAID on March 3-7 in Bishkek is focusing on drafting a set of legislation in the judicial area.

 The event fits the Kyrgyz Presidential Office’s reforms strategy in the area of the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code, the Civil Procedure Code, the Law on Minor Offences, the Law on Executions, the Law on the Disciplinary Responsibility of Judges as well as the Law on Free Legal Aid.

“The ongoing judicial reform process is a very important opportunity for the Kyrgyz Republic. We will do everything possible to provide expert advice on international standards and secure a justice system which is easily accessible to all the citizens. I am confident this will be a very important learning exercise for all of us,” said Lucio Valerio Sarandrea, Chief Technical Adviser on Rule of Law for UNDP Kyrgyzstan. Leila Sydykova ,team Leader of the project also emphasized the need to provide clear legislation to law experts as well as citizens.

During the five-day session, a number of working groups will advance the drafting of the different pieces of legislation. At the same time, international experts are delivering practical advice and presentations to streamline the process in line with international standards.  Lucio Valerio Sarandrea who delivered a presentation on national and international standards of legislative drafting underscored that “The Kyrgyz Constitution provides that international treaties on human rights shall have direct application and be of priority in respect of provisions of other international treaties. It is therefore fundamental to provide a good overview of the applicable international standards and practices.”

UNDP remains committed to the development of the Rule of Law in the Country with an active participation of civil society under the Rule of Law project financed by the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

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