Kyrgyz Government intends to strengthen punishment for domestic violence, proposed a number of preventive measures

30 Apr 2014

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Interdepartmental commission on evaluation of effectiveness of legal norms stipulating responsibility for violence against women met in Bishkek on April 30th. Among other things, the commission reviewed the new amended law on “Protection from domestic violence”. The law envisages a number of innovative approaches, which will help to fight domestic violence in Kyrgyzstan more effectively.

Opening the meeting Minister of Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic and chairman of the commission Kudaibergen Bazarbayev said: «Domestic violence occurs across the world, in different cultures and not always depend on the level of material prosperity of the family. The victims of domestic violence are women, children and elderly family members. In this regard, in addition to administrative and criminal measures there is a need of special law, which will align the work of different structures to counter domestic violence issues comprehensively”.

Experts who development the new law presented major differences from the old version. “The law emphasizes more on preventive measures, provides the possibility of obtaining protection in civil proceedings” – said one of the contributors Larisa Ilibezova.

The new amendments expand the scope of the law beyond the area of social and legal support to protection from domestic violence. In addition, the law will allow any person aware of the fact of domestic violence to report on it.

The law proposes to enhance punishment, though increasing the fines. As an alternative for penalty it is proposed to send the offender to public works. At the request of the aggrieved party, the court may report about offense to the defendant's place of work.

It is important to note that these amendments require high-quality enforcement, through clearer division of responsibilities of government agencies.  In addition, the procedure for issuing protection orders was revised. The special terms of consideration of court cases related to domestic violence were set up, together with abolished judicial restraining order.

The process of reconciliation of the new law with all public authorities will begin soon, after which it will be submitted to the government and considered by Parliament.

The event was organized with technical and expert support of UNDP as part of the “Widening Access to Justice for Legal Empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic” project funded by the government of Finland, EU-UN project “Operationalizing Good Governance for Social Justice” and the “Agency for Social Technologies”.