People Help Each Other: TOGETHER!

Июл 07.2020

Press release “People Help Each Other: TOGETHER!”

Innovation and sharing best practices in the CA region:

The human rights movement Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan continues conducting extensive consultations with partners in the Central Asian region to exchange information and find best practices for helping each other in communities, mobilize joint efforts for prevention and emergency assistance to the most vulnerable groups of citizens during the pandemic, together with the secretariat and members of the Global Network for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).

Online forums were held with our partners from Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Murat Karypov, coordinator of the Views from the Frontline project, is preparing a joint webinar with regional partners, which will be held on 20 July 2020.

Direct assistance and advice to communities through involvement of youth groups and local authorities:

On 6 July 2020 employees of the Center "Alternative" under the HRM "Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan" in conjunction with leaders of youth movements of Sary-Oy and Kara-Oy villages held meetings in the city of Cholpon-Ata with the chief of the headquarters T. Ishenbekov, deputy directors of the Infectious Diseases Hospital G.I. Isakova and T.K. Takeshev, deputy head of the Regional Department of Internal Affairs (RDIA) K.M. Mairynov, ayil okmotu and paramedics of FAPs’ (Paramedical and Midwifery Stations) of the villages of Sary-Oy and Kara-Oy, Issyk-Kul district, provided financial assistance for effective medical care, as well as the prevention of the pandemic in the communities.

According to the chief of the headquarters, every day from 10 to 12 thousand people come to the Issyk-Kul oblast, local residents and vacationers from boarding houses receive medical aid in FAPs, because the Infectious Diseases Hospital of Cholpon-Ata is crowded, a red zone has been created for 8 people (2 have positive COVID-19 analyzes), there are 35 people with pneumonia.We supported two youth groups to conduct an information campaign among local citizens on safety and pandemic prevention in communities.

Due to the large influx of people into the Issyk-Kul district, there is an urgent need for specialists, medicines, as well as for awareness-raising, as local residents self-medicate and neglect the rules of self-isolation.

The needs of the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Cholpon-Ata:

support stands - 20 pcs., oxygen concentrators - 2 pcs., pulse oximeters - 10 pcs., medicines.

The needs of the FAP (Paramedical and Midwifery Station) of Kara-Oy vill.:

medicines, antibiotics, medicine droppers, inhalers - 2 pcs.

FAP of Sary-Oy vill.:

 1 inhaler and medicines are needed.

Regional Department of Internal Affairs (RDIA) of Cholpon-Ata:

protective suits for the staff who are on duty - 10 pcs, personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the staff and detainees in temporary detention facilities.

We will be grateful if there are those who wish to support the local initiatives and help the communities. You can send funds to provide financial assistance using the following payment details (all the information on expenses will be published on the website






KGS  1181000500057184


Demir Kyrgyz International Bank (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)


245, Chui Ave., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan /

Кыргызстан, г. Бишкек, пр. Чуй 245




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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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