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Press release: UNODC provides assistance to the Interim Government to help to restore the Rule of Law in the country

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (4 May 2010) – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) donated modern law enforcement equipment (cameras, digital voice recorders, body armors) to the Ministry of Interior and the National Security Service of the Kyrgyz Republic.

This immediate UNODC assistance was provided upon the request of the Interim Government in Kyrgyzstan to the United Nations to help to restore the Rule of Law in the country. This assistance aims at strengthening capacities of the law enforcement agencies in countering illicit drugs and organized crime, which have high potential of destabilizing the country and the entire region. In this respect, the UNODC expects that the equipment will be used in international cooperation initiatives, such as controlled delivery operations.    

The EU prison reform project started in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek (9 April 2010) -- The project, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNODC, aims at assisting with the implementation of the Rule of Law in Kyrgyzstan with focus on one of the most problematic justice institutions in the country, which is the prison service.

The project is made up of the following mutually reinfocing components: reform of the legal/normative basis and relevant strategy for prison reform and alternatives to imprisonment; building the management capacity of the prison service with training and support to the training centre of the Main Service of Execution of Penalties (GSIN);  developing policy and program to generate additional income for the prison service and improving the social reintegration prospects of prisoners, and the implementation of the program in pilot prison colonies; and  improving the physical conditions in selected prisons. The project with a total budget of  2,7 mln. EURO will be implemented in a period of 3 years.   

UNODC offers Kyrgyz Prosecutors Anti-Corruption Training in Issyk-kul and Osh

14 October 2009 – Corrupt offense takes place in secret between two people in a one-to- one relationship with closed doors. While there exists legislation for law enforcement to fight in cases of corruption crimes, putting it into practice is a huge hurdle.

Under the theme of “Fight against corruption: Action speaks louder than words”, UNODC ROCA Bishkek project office held two 2-day training courses (from October 14 to 15, 2009 and from October 21 to 22, 2009) to strengthen Kyrgyz prosecutors against corrupt crime.

This first training focused on the measures to detect corrupt offenses, exchange of criminal intelligence, compose investigating teams, set up investigative plan, mutual legal assistance in criminal investigation, seek and search of physical and digital evidences, interrogations.