6 June 23 2006 KYRGYZSTAN Meeting Summary
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The International Program Kyrgyzstan June 23, 2006 Guests: AKMATOV BOLOTBEK, Chief, Inter-District Court, Osh Region RUSTAM MADALIEV, Head, Sector Judicial Bodies the Legal Department, Presidential Executive Office the Kyrgyz Republic SYDYKOVA SVETLANA, Chairman, Moskovsky District Court, Chui Oblast The Kyrgyzstani officials were participating three-week study tour, during which time they would introduced several culturally and geographically diverse regions the U.S., beginning with the nations capital. The stated goals this program were, part, promote appreciation for the rule law, judicial ethics and the advancement fair, transparent, accessible and independent judiciary, and gain deeper understanding democracy the U.S. Their visit the U.S. was administered Delphis International Program World Learning behalf the Department States International Visitor Leadership Program. Mr. Chris Farrell, Judicial Watchs director research and investigations, was invited meet with these distinguished international visitors discuss the role nonpartisan, non-governmental organization promoting ethics, transparency, and accountability the government and judiciary. Mr. Farrell provided overview Judicial Watchs mission and its inception 1994 government watchdog groupand the notoriety gained for its dogged pursuit the numerous corruption scandals during the Clinton administration. explained that was, however, during the Bush administration that earned its reputation for being fiercely non-partisan when pursued the current administration with equal tenacity did the former, and, particular, Vice President Cheney's Energy Task Force. fact, Judicial Watch pursued its case against the Cheney Energy Task Force all the way the U.S. Supreme Court for allegedly holding closed door meetings with top energy officials, reported the media, the formulation Americas national energy policy. Mr. Farrell also discussed another facet Judicial Watchs mission exposing corruption through the representation government whistleblowersindividuals who have courageously reported gross government misconduct their superiors, only faced with cunning bureaucratic-style retaliation. illustrate, Mr. Farrell detailed the lawsuit Judicial Watch filed behalf Linda Shenwick, who was that time counselor for resource management the U.S. Mission the United Nations. expert finance and management issues, she exposed numerous instances waste, fraud, and abuse the United Nations. Her whistle blowing was met with retaliation from her superiors, and she was eventually fired. Judicial Watch exposed this injustice the American people and represented Ms. Shenwick court, well other venues, bring about equitable resolution her behalf. Ms. Shenwick was vindicated and is, today, back work for the same agency from which she had been unjustly terminated. The necessity and appropriateness disclosing judicial officers financial reports the public was questioned the visitors. Mr. Farrell explained that the information judicial officers are required provide general nature and that which would allow checks for potential conflicts interest court cases. emphasized that federal judges are public servants and must held accountable the public they serve.