Impact story of the Human Rights movement “Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan”

Июн 28.2020

During the implementation of the “View from the Frontline” project of GNDR in Kyrgyzstan in 2019 we closely cooperated with local communities in the regions in order to increase their roles in decision making processes and strengthen collaboration between local people with national authorities. Strategic purpose of our work was the identification of the possible risks and threats for local communities and delivery of their voices to the national authorities of Kyrgyzstan.

From our involvement we gained incredible experience how to build constructive dialogue between local communities, CSOs and national departments in the conditions characterized by the lack of trust, high level of corruption, unemployment, labor migration, absence of initiatives aimed on solution of these serious problems. 

In such difficult situation we faced with group of women, who are civic activists of Maily-Suu village in Jalal-Abad region. For many years they had been trying to explain to the national authorities the real situation in their community, especially about the risks and threats of the uranium tailings for local citizens who live in close dangerous areas, drink water from underground sources that directly connected with uranium and are influenced by the high level of radiation. These women can see the real sufferings of their families, mutations of newborn children, chronic illnesses of old and young people. They were so desperate and tired of ineffectiveness of their actions to meet and discuss possible solutions of the mentioned problems.    

In this case when we met them and suggested to deliver their needs to the national authorities in order to build constructive dialogue, at the beginning they even didn’t believe in such opportunity. It took some time to convince them that further work will be aimed to change the situation for the better. Trust of local women of Maily-Suu village really helped us in our work to identify impact of risks to the local communities. We combined all data and used them in analysis in VFL database system. After we collected all their ideas, information about risks and threats, we conducted first work meeting with local authorities and presented them the real proof of their words. Only after that representatives of the national departments received all necessary data and agreed to conduct a meeting with local women in the region. As a result of our work these women get opportunity to deliver their problems to decision making people who even agreed to change current socio-economic policy because they are afraid of possible responsibility if risks will become a real unpredictable disaster.  

Additional positive impact of our cooperation was that national authorities also agreed to provide further reports on how and what type of work will be implemented on the local level in this village.

We believe that mentioned work with that group of women and local authorities in Maily-Suu district is not over for today. We learned a great lesson that providing opportunity for even one small local community can create positive impact and change the situation for the better. In this case the most important point that even one voice of the local people should be listened and delivered to the national authorities, because only local people really know what serious problems and possible solutions they have and what work should be done in order to prevent risks from becoming disasters on the national level.    

Photos of our meetings with local people and the national authorities in Maily-Suu village are attached.

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Feedback from our focus groups



Experience should be attached to a law degree

Shakhboz Latipov, 24 y.o., young lawyer: “When I came to BDK for an internship, I had no experience in legal and human rights activities. Together with experienced senior colleagues, I began to attend trials, studied documents. Gradually my supervisor Khusanbai Saliev began to trust me the preparation of documents, carefully checked them and gave practical advice. Experience comes with time and cases you work on. Every day dozens of people who need help come to us, many of them are from socially vulnerable groups: the poor, large families, elderly citizens. A lawyer in a human rights organization sometimes acts as a psychologist, it is important for him to be able to maintain professionalism and show empathy. At the end of 2019, I successfully passed the exam to get the right to start working as attorney and now I work on cases as an attorney. I turn to my colleagues for help on complex issues, they always give me their advice. This is one of the strengths of the organization: there is support and understanding here.”



Organization unites regions

Feruza Amadalieva, social worker, leader, teacher: “TOT from BDK is a great opportunity to get acquainted with participants from different regions, we continue to communicate on social media and when we meet at events, as close friends, we have such warm relations! At the events, I improved my knowledge, systematized it, clarified how to apply it in practice. I really like the training modules and the way the system of training and practice is built: role-playing games, theory, discussions. Each person expresses himself/herself. I have become a leader for other vulnerable women, I try to help them and engage them in such events.” Feruza Amadalieva is a regular participant of many BDK events, she invites the BDK lawyers to provide legal advice to vulnerable women.



I became confident

In summer of 2019, Nuriza Talantbek kyzy took an active part in conducting regional screenings of documentaries, helped with organizational issues during the campaign dedicated to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, participated in trips, and did the TOT on women's leadership. She used to be a migrant, worked for an NGO in Osh, and now works in Bishkek in the service industry. She calls her participation in the TOT “an invaluable experience”: “I first attended such an event, and received exactly the information that I needed, for which I am sincerely grateful to the facilitators. I experienced very difficult issues in my life, and thanks to that knowledge, I was able to overcome them, I persevered! After the TOT, I became more confident, began to better understand the essence of human rights, and learned to defend my interests.”



The defendant has passed away. The work on his rehabilitation continues.

The case of Shukurullo Kochkarov shows that work on complex cases continues for many years. After the torture he was subjected to in 2010, he became disabled. We managed to get acquittal on one of the charges; the work is ongoing on achieving his rehabilitation and recognition as a victim of torture in order for compensation to be paid. Trials continue without Shukurullo Kochkarov - he died on 2 August 2019. His interests are represented by his father, Saidaziz Kochkarov, who also has a visual disability. “For many years, we have been supported by the employees of BDK, they have been handling the case of my son, they brought him to court because he couldn’t walk on his own, they constantly help our family: my wife and I underwent rehabilitation, they have helped my son by providing him with medicines, they provide all kinds of help”.



Comprehensive support for victims of torture

Resident of the Kara-Suu district, Dilyor Jumabaev, has extensive experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies. In 2010, he was accused of possessing firearms, and thanks to the work of lawyers, he was acquitted. Two years later, his house was first searched in order to find materials of an extremist nature, but nothing was found. In 2014, he was accused of possessing extremist materials. In court, the prosecutor requested 15 years in prison; the court sentenced him to 6 years. A few years later he was released on parole. “I am grateful to the lawyers of BDK for their expert legal assistance. I participated in a rehabilitation program for victims of torture. When I encounter violations, I recommend contacting this organization.”


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