Equal Before the Law: Access to Justice in Central Asia
The “Equal Before the Law: Access to Justice in Central Asia Program” is a joint project of Eurasia Foundation and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland under the social sustainability priority of Finland’s Wider Europe Initiative. The 30-month project was designed to increase access to justice for vulnerable populations in three Central Asian countries as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, in particular for rural women, at-risk children and persons with disabilities. Project activities are structured around two objectives: increase the alignment of national law and practices with international law and best practices, and increase citizens’ ability to access national law to defend their rights and interests. The project’s interim achievements include series of trainings provided for state officials and CSOs, set of recommendations were developed and provide to the state to improve and protect the rights of people with disabilities, several new academic curricula supported the work on street children, PWDs, and jury trial, and over 3,000 citizens have been provided with free legal consultations.