Kyrgyzstan is in the midst of adopting a number of progressive laws

Apr 30, 2015

Reform of the judicial system is aimed at liberalizing and decriminalizing the entire legislative framework of the country. Credit:

In April 2015, the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic has launched a series of public hearings to discuss new editions of the Criminal, Criminal procedure, Criminal executive, Civil procedural code, Code on administrative offences, laws on “Enforcement procedures and status of court bailiffs,” “Guaranteed state legal aid,” as well as laws on improving accountability of the judges.”

Key stakeholders, including members of the working groups, MPs, representatives from the President’s Office, the Ministry of Interior and Justice, and civil society organizations took part in the hearings, which were organized with assistance of UNDP, UN OHCHR, UN-Women, UNODC, Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan, GIZ, OSCE, EU and USAID/IDLO.

According to the head of the UNDP Democratic Governance Dimension Ainura Bekkoenova, civil society plays a key role in advancing public voice. “We must ensure its active and comprehensive engagement in the reform process of the judiciary system” she says. To date, a number of NGOs have already proposed ways to ensure the interests of vulnerable groups in finalizing the bills. Such suggestions include making sure that people with disabilities have full access to information, can submit their petitions in electronic form and a number of other crucial recommendations.

“Reform of the judicial system is not limited to a mere adoption of these laws but carries a systematic approach and is aimed at liberalizing and decriminalizing the entire legislative framework of the country” says the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on judicial and legal affairs Toktogul Tumanov. Furthermore, the laws focus on improving execution of judicial decisions, given the fact that only 50% of them are put into force in Kyrgyzstan, which implies the failure of the entire judicial system.

During the discussions the task forces behind the bills explained the essence and novelties of the reform. According to the head of the task force on Criminal Code Leila Sydykova, “the suggested legislative innovations developed completely new approaches in the field of legal regulation and offer new theoretical, conceptual and methodological ways to define major institutions of criminal law.”

As a result of discussions, the Parliament has ordered the Government Office to form task forces consisting of all relevant stakeholders to develop a plan to implement suggested initiatives. International organizations, including UNDP in partnership with British Embassy Bishkek that support implementation of core legislation of the justice system in the Kyrgyz Republic, will provide their due technical assistance.

Contact Information:

Ainura Bekkoenova, Chief of the UNDP “Democratic Governance” Dimension,  Tel.: +996 (312) 694371 (ext. 144), Email:

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