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[23.04.23] Kyrgyz Ombudsman Gains Right To Visit Prisons

The lower house of Kyrgyzstan's parliament on 21 April adopted enabling legislation that gives the country's ombudsman the right to visit prisons and other detention facilities, akipress.org reported. This right previously was limited to the President, Prime Minister, and members of parliament. The new legislation makes changes in the Administrative Procedural Code in accord with the law defining the responsibilities of the ombudsman. The code now sets an administrative fine of 10-30 minimum monthly wages for state officials who unlawfully interfere in the work of the ombudsman when he is checking on possible violations of the constitutional rights and freedoms of Kyrgyz citizens. Officials who prevent the ombudsman from carrying out his duties as set out in the law creating the institution of ombudsman are to be fined 100-200 minimum monthly wages, according to the report.
 
Eurasianet, April 23, 2003

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