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Kyrgyzstan Background

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched its program in Kyrgyzstan in 1993 with the opening of its office in Bishkek. ABA ROLI opened a second office in Osh in early 2001.

Since its program in Kyrgyzstan began, ABA ROLI has worked on major projects that include forming the Association of Attorneys of Kyrgyzstan, the first independent bar association in the country; creating the Library Centers for Legal Information in Bishkek and in Osh, the first publicly accessible legal libraries in Kyrgyzstan; assisting in forming the Kyrgyz Judges Association and developing its charter and code of ethics; and coordinating the first-ever public hearing on a draft law in Kyrgyzstan.

More recently, ABA ROLI has established street law teaching centers in Osh, Jalalabat, Bishkek and Karakol; introduced street law in seven madrassas; created revised law school curricula on ethics and advocacy skills used throughout the country; conducted a thorough assessment of the country's legislative framework for combating corruption; and undertaken a range of programming using the media to increase the lay public's understanding of the law's role in their lives.