EU, UNODC and Kyrgyz Government launch EUR 8 mln project to support justice sector reform

By Trend

European Union and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
(UNODC), in partnership with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic,
held a kick-off event of the Programme to Support Justice Sector
Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic Project, or – “Justice for All.” The
programme will be implemented for four years, from January 2022
till December 2025, Trend reports citing Kabar.

According to the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz
Republic, EU-UNODC joint programme “Justice for All” will work on
improving access to justice and the rule of law in Kyrgyzstan
through strengthening probation and criminal justice information
management in line with international standards as well as best
European practices.

The launch event brought together representatives from the
Government institutions, justice sector and law enforcement
agencies, international and donor communities, civil society
organisations and media.

Ambassador Eduard Auer, Head of the European Delegation to the
Kyrgyz Republic, Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative to
Central Asia, Ayaz Baetov, Minister of Justice of Kyrgyz Republic
and Turusbek Ishenaliev, Deputy General Prosecutor of the Kyrgyz
Republic addressed the event participants with their opening
remarks.

“I am delighted to stand here today and witness the signature of
the Project Workplan between UNODC, the EU’s implementing partner
for this programme, and the State Institutions. I must say, I am
personally very content that this project is focusing on what is
the last element of the criminal chain: the enforcement of a
criminal judgement by means of detention and its alternatives. By
focusing on this aspect, this programme perfectly complements the
support the EU has been giving in the field of rule of law
throughout the years. I am also particularly pleased of the design
of all these programmes, which have internal consistency and see
the justice sector in an integrated way. Just4All is no exception
in this sense” ”, said Ambassador Auer, Head of the European
Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic.

According to Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative to
Central Asia, – “As the custodian of the UN standards and norms in
crime prevention and criminal justice, which promote and protect
human rights in the administration of justice, UNODC is committed
to partnering with the Government and the European Union to assist
the Kyrgyz Republic in reforming its criminal justice system to be
effective, fair and humane for the entire population. This new
project contributes to these efforts by promoting humanisation of
the criminal justice system in Kyrgyzstan and enabling the country
to scale up its capacity to implement its criminal justice reforms
in line with international standards”.

The project will address two crucial areas in the criminal
justice reform: probation and criminal justice information
management. Thus, the project will create a fully functional
probation service that can rehabilitate its clients and strengthen
gender-responsive and human rights-based approaches to the
administration of justice in the context of increased automation
and digitalisation in the justice sector.

In addition, the project will strengthen the institutional
capacity of the Probation Department through a consolidated legal
framework, further development and implementation of a new
information management system, and piloting new tools and measures
that will enable probation officers to develop and implement
individual rehabilitation plans. Thus, increasing the efficiency
and effectiveness of probation services.

By improving access to justice and the rule of law in the Kyrgyz
Republic through enhanced probation and criminal justice
information management, the project contributes to implementing the
2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In particular, “Justice for
All’’ advances the progressive achievement of the Sustainable
Development Goals 5 ‘gender equality‘, 10 ‘reduced inequalities’
and 16 ‘peace, justice and strong institutions’.

The programme “JUST4ALL” is co-funded by the European Union and
co-funded and implemented by the UNODC and is a part of the new
program of cooperation signed between the Government of the Kyrgyz
Republic and the European Union for transparent justice system and
equal justice for all in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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