Study visit to State Penitentiary Service of Kyrgyzstan

Study visit to State Penitentiary Service of Kyrgyzstan

On 7-9 December, 2012 AIDS Foundation "East-West" in the framework of Community Action on Harm Reduction project organized a study visit to the State Penitentiary Service of Kyrgyzstan and penal institutions of Bishkek city with the participation of representatives from Indonesian, Malaysian and Ukrainian state prison systems and NGOs working with prisoners.

The purpose of the visit was presentation of strategies, stages and results of the reform of the penitentiary system in Kyrgyzstan, familiarization with the methods of practical implementation of international standards of human rights in detention centres and prisons, familiarization with examples of good practice working with vulnerable groups of prisoners and detainees, especially with HIV/AIDS.

During the visit the delegation had a meeting with the Authorities from State Penitentiary Service of Kyrgyzstan, visited NGO “Radar” run social dormitory for former inmates, rehabilitation centre for former inmates who are drug users, and female penitentiary institution # 2 where tuberculosis patients are treated, where there is needle exchange programme, and substitution maintenance therapy programme will be launched on January 1st, 2013.

The delegation had the opportunity to familiarize with the penitentiary system in Kyrgyzstan, with preliminary detention system, and principles of working with adolescents and women who are serving sentences of imprisonment, with correctional programmes for working with alcohol and drug addicts, convicted and sentenced and others.

Examples of Kyrgyzstan good practice on working with vulnerable people, who are in detention centres and prisons, will be analysed in terms of their possible application in the penitentiary practices in Indonesia, Malaysia and Ukraine. This primarily relates to the use of SMT, syringe exchange programme, drug users’ resocialization, and establishment of rehabilitation centres for former inmates.