PREVENTION OF TORTURE: ONE OF TSPC'S MAIN COMMITMENTS
Since 2012, the Human Rights Department of the TSPC has been working with numerous organizations and partners to facilitate strategic advocacy that can result in implementation of legislative, judicial and other practical reforms to hold officials accountable for torture, ill-treatment, and human rights abuses. Among the main partners, the TSPC has collaborated with the European Union (EU), the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE), the Regional Office for Central Asia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Boltzman Institute for Human Rights, Penal Reform International (PRI), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), Open Society Institute (OSI), and the Kyrgyz Anti-Torture coalition.
The TSPC, with the financial support of the EU, implemented two projects to support Kyrgyz institutions, including the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministries of Justice, Interior, and Social Development, National Human Rights Institutions, and civil society in their efforts aimed at eliminating torture.
Ms. Nikitenko, Head of the Parliamentarian Committee on Human Rights, Constitutional Legislation, and State Structure, and Dr. Zaharia, member of the UN Sub-Committee on Prevention of Torture, lead the discussion on the implementation of the recommendations made by the Kyrgyz National Center for the Prevention of Torture
The implementation of the EU-funded project “Strengthening the fight against torture and impunity in Kyrgyzstan: Prevention, Accountability, Remedy and Reparation” in cooperation with the Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights started in February 2014 and will end in September 2015. The objective of the project was to provide support to State institutions, National Human Rights Institutions, civil society, and victims of torture to enhance the legal, procedural and institutional framework against impunity, to effectively carry out monitoring of places of deprivation of liberty, and to promote the right to remedy and reparation for victims of torture and their families. One of the outcomes of the project was the publication of the handbook “Tools and Legal Standards for Monitoring Torture and Ill-treatment in Places of Detention”.
The project implementation included 16 activities such as training, workshops, conferences, publications, and issuance of sub-grants to local NGOs. The press releases issued in occasion of each activity provide an overview of the actions.
- 03 March 2014: Launching of the project
- 17 June 2014: capacity-building training for the staff of the NPM
- 25 July 2014: Call for submission for grant proposals
- 27 October 2014: High-Level Round Table on Responses to the Reports of the National Centre for the Prevention of Torture and the Implementation of its Recommendations
- 06 November 2014: Capacity Building Workshop: Applied methodology for monitoring places of deprivation of liberty
- 25 February 2015: Conference on the consolidation of methodology and tools for monitoring places of deprivation of liberty and other relevant institutions
- 29 May 2015: Roundtable on the Right to Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Torture
- 04 June 2015: Training for Judges and Prosecutors to build the capacities for effective investigation and prosecution of cases of torture
- 22 - 24 Septmeber: Training course on digital security for NPM and NGOs
- 24 September: Closing event
The Kyrgyz National Center for the Prevention of Torture was established by law in 2012. With the support of the EU-funded projects implemented by the TSPC, the National Center for the Prevention of Torture submitted its first annual report to the Parliament in 2015.
Under the framework of the first EU-funded project “Program to enhance the capacity of NGOs and institutions to advocate for implementation of human rights decisions and standards to prevent torture”, the TSPC conducted research and analysis on international standards and best practices for the eradication of torture and abuse during arrest and detention and published the “Final Report on Model Practices” issuing a number of recommendations to the Government to strengthen its ability to independently and effectively investigate allegation of torture and prevent further violations.
Based on the outcome of a National Conference held on 28 April in Bishkek to present the final report, TSPC published also the policy brief “Preventing Torture: Investigation, Accountability, Monitoring” analyzing discussions and recommendations provided during the final event.
In April 2014, the TSPC presented the “Final Report on Model Practices” to representatives of the Kyrgyz institutions, including members of the General Prosecutor's Office, and civil society.
Other activities carried out under the project included desk and field research on independent investigative mechanisms, presentations, roundtable, and workshops on prevention of torture. The following documents represent the main outcomes of the project implementation:
This material was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of TSPC and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.