The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) works to keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores.

Challenges: The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has initiated institutional reform of its security services, but these efforts are hampered by corruption and limited capacities. Following independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the Kyrgyz Republic struggles to implement structural reorganization of government ministries, agencies, and responsibilities. Regional and ethnic divisions between northern and southern Kyrgyzstan represent a unique challenge to reform.

Goals: INL programs in the Kyrgyz Republic include: 1) promote law enforcement reforms through community policing, training, and material support in order to counter narcotics and violent extremism; 2) anti-corruption efforts to ; 4) improve the criminal justice sector response to TIP in order to counter transnational organized crime.

Accomplishments: INL promotes cooperation between police and communities through its community policing initiative in southern Kyrgyzstan’s volatile border regions. INL continues to strengthen the justice sector by working to bring the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) in compliance with the country’s international obligations as a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and other international instruments. INL programming also supports justice sector reform, combats domestic violence, strengthens the defense bar, and improves the government’s anti-corruption training.

U.S. Department of State

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