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Kyrgyzstan: Police Reform Needed for Successful Development of Society
Source: en.trend.az
Source Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Created: Oct 18, 2011

Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Shamil Atakhanov has today stated that police reform is needed to provide the security necessary for the successful development of society.

"This process can succeed only through co-operation with all other law-enforcement agencies, the presidential administration, the government, Parliament and civil society, and must be an integral part of a comprehensive reform of the criminal justice system," Atakhanov said at an OSCE-supported National Forum on Police Reform in Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek today, the OSCE reported.

"The road-map is clear and the stakes high: to realize significant reform in Kyrgyzstan's policing, in line with 'democratic policing' principles - put more simply, a police service that protects all citizens, serves them and whose public conduct and accountability is without blemish; a service that inspires public trust, not fear or skepticism," the OSCE Centre in Bishkek, Ambassador Andrew Tesoriere said.

"The National Forum serves as a starting point uniting all forces involved in the reform process," MP and co-chair of the interagency working group Ravshan Jeenbekov said. "The key role in promoting police reform should be given to civil society, which has proved to be the main motivator of all reforms in the country."

The Forum was organized by the Kyrgyz government and the Interior Ministry with support from the OSCE Centre in Bishkek to elaborate conceptual and policy documents as well as concrete recommendations on police reform in Kyrgyzstan.

On Sept.27, the government signed a regulation to create an interagency working group to develop a concept on police reform comprising members of parliament, the judiciary, experts, NGO representatives and government officials.
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