Protection of victims of torture

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INTERNATIONAL MECHANISMS

The Coalition against Torture provides legal assistance to victims of torture regardless of their status, religious or political convictions.

The use of international mechanisms for the protection of human rights (communications to the UN Special Rapporteur against torture and individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee) is one of the most important recommendations reflected in the Coalition’s Guidance for Providing Legal Assistance.

About individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee vs. Kyrgyzstan

For the period from 2013 to 2016, the Coalition against Torture organizations prepared and sent 20 individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee. On 7 cases out of 20 complaints, communications with the Committee are underway, for 2 cases the communications are pending, 2 cases have been responded where the responses contained the inadmissibility of complaints and in the case of U. Akunov, a decision was made, where the State was found guilty of violating human rights. Individual complaints related to violations of freedom from torture (Article 7 of the ICCPR), unlawful detentions (Article 9 of the ICCPR), violations of fair trial (Article 14 of the ICCPR), discrimination (Article 26 of the ICCPR).

A full list of the Decisions of the UN Human Rights Committee regarding Kyrgyzstan can be found here. The procedure for filing an individual complaint can be read on the official website of the United Nations.

To attract the international community’s attention to the situation of torture and ill-treatment in the country and to specific people tortured, the Coalition against Torture submitted 87 complaints to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

One of the objectives of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, in accordance with his mandate, is the implementation of the urgent complaint procedure in the case. Any person can draw the attention of the UN to the violation of human rights. The procedure is not prosecutorial. A government that allegedly tolerates torture invited to consider a specific situation and take steps to protect the right to physical and mental integrity of the person in question in accordance with international human rights standards. Since it is extremely important to immediately transmit the information contained in the urgent complaint, the Special Rapporteur sends this complaint directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country concerned.

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LEGAL ASSISTANCE

The Coalition against Torture provides legal assistance to victims of torture regardless of their status, religious or political convictions.

Providing legal assistance to victims of torture and / or ill-treatment and members of their families, cooperation with state bodies (Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Penitentiary Service of the Kyrgyz Republic), involving and mobilizing the legal community in the fight against torture, carefully documenting the facts of torture in the database system is the main goal of legal assistance of the Coalition.

Legal assistance is provided by the following Coalition members / organizations:

  1. Public Foundation “Voice of Freedom” – Bishkek, Chui oblast, Issyk-Kul oblast
  2. Center for Human Rights Protection Кylym Shamy – Bishkek, Chui oblast, Naryn oblast
  3. Regional human rights organization ” Spravedlivost” (“Justice”) – Jalal-Abad Oblast
  4. ANGO “Human Rights Advocacy Center” – Osh oblast
  5. Public Association “Union of Unity” – Talas Oblast.

If you want to receive legal assistance from the Coalition against Torture organizations, please contact us as follows.

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REHABILITATION

“Torture is always a critical situation and it is extremely important that the victims of torture who have experienced traumatic events in their homeland and during their travel immediately receive help and care to prevent, as far as possible, irreversible physical and psychological harm”

Adam Bodnar, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Fund for Victims of Torture

 

Articles 13 and 14 of the UN Convention against Torture indicate that victims of torture, who subjected to ill-treatment and violence, have the right to rehabilitation and medical treatment. The activities of rehabilitation centers around the world show that victims of torture can begin to forget about the experiences of suffering in order to completely heal. To exit from the post-traumatic state because of torture, timely specialized programs needed.

The only Rehabilitation Program for People Affected by Torture and Ill-Treatment in Kyrgyzstan established in 2007 based on the Public Foundation “Voice of Freedom” with the support of the UN Fund for Victims of Torture. It should be noted that this program is still effective only on the initiative of civil society, with the support of international organizations, without any assistance from the state. In 2017, the rehabilitation program expanded and became the Center for the rehabilitation of torture victims “Alter-Ego”. The staff of the center consists of six specialists: a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a sociologist, a psychotherapist, a therapist and a case manager.

Criteria for admission and completion of participation in the rehabilitation program for victims of torture

 

Contacts of the Rehabilitation Center “Alter-Ego”: apt. 4, bldg. 69, Kievskaya str., Bishkek.  Tel.:  0312 91 04 07