International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) currently implement the EU-funded project “Akyykat-Karegi – A National Civil Society Network for Monitoring the Justice Sector”, which is aimed at enhancing the capacity of civil society representatives in Kyrgyzstan to monitor, analyse and respond to challenges in the justice sector. The members of a new civil society network established under the project are being equipped with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to effectively monitor and assess the implementation of justice related legislation and policies. As a key element of capacity building under the project, a new comprehensive methodology for monitoring the criminal justice sector has been developed under the lead of recognised international and national experts.
The new methodology has been designed as a universal monitoring and evaluation tool based on international standards and best practice in the field of criminal justice. Thus, the methodology sets out procedures and tools for monitoring and analysing existing legislation and practices in different areas of the criminal justice sector with a view to identifying issues that need to be addressed and formulating recommendations to this end.
The methodology is being piloted by members of the new civil society network established under the EU-funded project implemented by IPHR and LHR. Based on their experience of using the new methodology in the framework of monitoring projects supported under the project, it will be revised and further developed as needed.
The application of the methodology under the current project will inform the ongoing justice reform process in Kyrgyzstan and provide national authorities and other stakeholders with concrete guidance on how to improve legislation and practice in the area of criminal justice. At the same time, it will also benefit those affected by the administration of justice, in particular vulnerable groups of the population.
While the new methodology has been primarily developed for use by civil society organisations under the EU-funded project, it can also be used by other actors, including national human rights institutions, government agencies, research and educational institutions, expert groups and civic initiatives. In addition, given the methodology’s universal nature, it can potentially be applied in other countries than Kyrgyzstan and/or at a regional level, for example in Central Asia. The benchmarks set out by the methodology allow for comparing country-level results at set intervals and/or ranking countries based on the results scored.
The new methodology for monitoring the justice sector is available below in Russian and Kyrgyz.