September 17, 2014

Statement of William C. Hubbard, president, American Bar Association Re: New Unified Bar Association in the Kyrgyz Republic

The ABA applauds the recent passage in the Kyrgyz Republic of legislation that raises the status, influence, and reputation of the defense advocate community through the creation of a unified bar—a true advancement for the legal profession and for Kyrgyzstani citizens.

The Law on Advocatura of the Kyrgyz Republic and Advocate Activities, approved by parliament and signed into law by President Atambayev, represents a new chapter in the organization and professionalism of defense attorneys in the Kyrgyz Republic. The bar is charged with a number of mandates, including advancing and enforcing ethics standards, promoting standardized continuing legal education, and defining the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of lawyers. These are essential activities that help to ensure quality legal services, stem corruption and enable due process.

The ABA encourages further legal sector reforms that build upon the momentum and political will demonstrated by the law’s passage. The ABA, through its Rule of Law Initiative, also provides the new unified bar with technical assistance as it builds its capacity to serve the interest of defense attorneys, and ultimately, their clients.

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