The Government issued Order No. 946 of 14 December 2017 to ensure mandatory response to violence against women from vulnerable groups based on international guidelines for prevention of stigma and discrimination, national legislation and human rights. Specifically, the order requires to:
• enhance control during preventive, sweep operations and investigative activities to raise awareness of vulnerable persons who have experienced violence about their right to approach crisis centers and specialized public organizations, with an explanation of security aspects;
• ensure strict compliance with Instruction No. 49 on HIV Prevention by Law Enforcement Agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic Charged with Drug Control and Corrections and Working with Vulnerable Groups of 21 January 2014, including a mandatory explanation of the right to approach HIV prevention organizations of the Kyrgyz Republic;
• use a non-discriminating and non-stigmatizing language when collecting initial information for investigation of the reports and undertake all measures guaranteed by the Kyrgyz legislation to prevent violence and ensure safety and security of persons from vulnerable groups who have experienced violence.
As directed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the entire staff was familiarized with the order through operational and work trainings, and the order was included into the set of regulations that law enforcement officers are required to follow in preventing and responding to gender violence.
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