In order to understand the role of the Supreme Court in ensuring human rights in criminal proceedings, on June 15, a group of the Kyrgyz prosecutors met with Janis Baumanis, Scientific adviser of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court. The visit is organized within the European Union project "Promotion of Rule of Law in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

The aim of the Kyrgyz prosecutors’ visit is to get acquainted with the system of criminal justice in Latvia and responsibility of various institutions in observation of human rights.

Having regarded to the fact that Kyrgyzstan is currently undergoing wide-range of reforms in the area of criminal law; the delegation was interested in Latvian experience in the reform of criminal law and regulations after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The representatives of Kyrgyzstan were also interested in Latvian experience harmonizing international human rights standards with the introduction of changes in the national legal system.

During the Kyrgyz prosecutor's visit in Latvia, they also met the Prosecutor General, the investigative judges of City of Riga Northern and Kurzeme District Courts, as well Ineta Ziemele, the judge at the Constitutional Court of Latvia, visited the Ombudsman's Office, the State Police and the Ministry of the Interior.

The European Union project "Promotion of Rule of Law in the Kyrgyz Republic" is implemented by Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. The Institute was founded in 1992 in Austria as an independent research institute in the field of human rights. The Institute carries out monitoring and research in the field of human rights, implements the training, as well as provides advice to different groups of society. The Institute also implements a series of the European Union projects outside the European Union borders.

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211