Bishkek, April 23, 2021 - Training for trainers (ToT) was held in Bishkek for judges of local courts of the Kyrgyz Republic on the topic: “Consideration of criminal cases related to terrorism and extremism in the Kyrgyz Republic”.
The aim of the training is to improve judicial practice in the consideration of criminal cases under 14 articles of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic on extremist and terrorist crimes. The training was attended by 16 judges of local courts of the Kyrgyz Republic, who will subsequently conduct trainings for their colleagues online.
The training module was developed based on the study of judicial practice related to the extremist and terrorist activities and was also included in the curriculum of the Justice High School for 2021 that became a rationale for the inclusion of the training in the complex of mandatory activities for judges of local courts of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The participants got familiar with the theoretical information on manifestations of extremism and terrorism, international norms and national legislation on this issue, covered statistical data and recommendations on the appointment of expert examinations. At the end of the training, the participants consolidated their knowledge with practical exercises. The lecturers of the training were the judge of the Bishkek city court Anara Omuralieva and expert on religious issues Indira Aslanova.
Zulfiya Turumbekova, Executive Director of the Public Association “Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges,” noted: “The Study revealed some points on the appointment of expert examinations and decision-making, in particular, judges made their decisions based on the expertise of linguists, where legal issues were addressed to linguist experts. This practice, when examinations were carried out by non-specialized experts, reduces the quality of decisions taken by the courts. However, the proposed manual also discusses the correct procedure for the appointment and conduction of examinations providing a useful information for judges. Three more online courses will be held onwards for 45 judges from all over the country. "
The event was organized by the Public Association “Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges” in cooperation with the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Justice High School under the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic with financial support from the UN Peacebuilding Fund, Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic, and UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The training was held within the framework of the UNDP projects “Inclusive Governance and Justice System for Preventing Violent Extremism” and “Strengthening Resilience against Violent Extremism in Asia” (STRIVE Asia) funded by the European Union under the joint EU-UN Partnership.