BISHKEK, 15 June 2011 – The Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior, supported by the OSCE Centre in Bishkek, held a public discussion with civil society organizations today on the draft Police Reform Concept for Kyrgyzstan 2011-2015.
Representatives of police, non-governmental organizations, media and civilian oversight institutions, as well as representatives of Government, political parties and international organizations took part in the debate.
Ambassador Andrew Tesoriere, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek, said: “The new authorities in Kyrgyzstan have committed themselves to reform of the police and the wider criminal justice system. Their aim is to deliver a police service attuned to public security needs and with full public accountability. The OSCE seeks to support this overall consultative process and, in particular, to strengthen police performance in accountability, behavioural standards and stamping out internal corruption and abuse of office.”
“Co-operation between the Interior Ministry and civil society is key and must be implemented in order to start the reform process. There are three issues that will define police reform strategies - resources and spending levels, the political will of the authorities; and readiness of civil society to accept the changes, “ said Deputy Interior Minister Jenishbek Djakypov.
Human rights activist Dinara Oshurahunova added: ‘Reforms must be implemented in order to avoid revolutions. Civil society is willing to help the police to protect their rights and create an environment for their effective work.”
Such discussions have been held in all seven oblasts of Kyrgyzstan. Recommendations on the police reform concept resulting from the discussion will help to develop concrete proposals for further police reform. These recommendations will be presented at a National Forum, which will be attended by State and civil society representatives.