Dastan Dalabayevich Bekeshev (born November 22, 1983, Frunze) is a member of the 5th and 6th Supreme Councils of the Kyrgyz Republic. Co-founder of the political party Ak-Niet.
Early life and education
Completely lost his vision at the age of 6. He studied at a specialized boarding school for blind and visually impaired children. Bekeshev has two brothers and a sister. Married, he raises a daughter.
After graduating from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University named after Boris Yeltsin as a lawyer, Dastan Bekeshev started his career in 2006 in the Office of the State Tax Service in the Pervomaisky district of Bishkek. In 2007-2010 he worked at the Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan.
In 2010, he joined the Ar-Namys political party, on the list of which he was elected deputy of the Kyrgyz parliament, the Jogorku Kenesh. In 2014, for ideological reasons he left Ar-Namys and together with like-minded people founded the political party Ak-Niet ("Pure Thoughts"). In 2015, Bekeshev resigned as leader of Ak-Niet and was re-elected to the Jogorku Kenesh on behalf of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan.
In October 2020, elections were held in the Kyrgyz Republic for the deputies of the 7th convocation. Bekeshev Dastan did not take part in these elections. Later, the CEC of the Kyrgyz Republic invalidated the results of voting.
August 30, 2012 - was awarded an honorary diploma of Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic for his contribution to the development of parliamentarism, for active lawmaking and socio-political activities.
2014 - Certificate of Honor of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS member states.
August 30, 2016 - awarded with the Certificate of Honor of the Kyrgyz Republic, by the Decree № 196 of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Dastan Bekeshev is the author of many bills, including stricter regulation of law enforcement, pawnbroking and betting activities, taxation of tobacco products, toughening responsibility for traffic violations, on the introduction of electronic appeals of citizens by state and local authorities, on the declassification of master plans of cities and villages, on the introduction of public works as a punishment for administrative offenses, on increasing the warranty period of new and repaired highways, on 50% discounts on fines for violations of traffic rules.
Activities to protect the rights of people with disabilities
A special place in Bekeshev's work is the protection of the rights and guarantees of persons with disabilities.
Thanks to the responsiveness of some compatriots, funds were raised and for the first time literature in the Kyrgyz language, in Braille, was published. The Kyrgyz Society for the Blind and Deaf was fully equipped with computers, and free computer literacy courses are held there. For the first time in Kyrgyzstan the project "Traffic lights for the blind" is being implemented. I hope that it will be successful. However, everything can go to waste if the Mayor's Office is indifferent, and the DSS of the Ministry of Internal Affairs tries to make money from this project. As a rule, state agencies don't want to help. Everyone is indifferent to these problems.
Bekeshev initiated a number of bills aimed at better protecting the rights of people with disabilities, some of which have already been adopted. In 2011, Parliament passed amendments to the Law on Television and Radio Broadcasting which introduced the requirement of subtitles or sign language interpretation in news broadcasts on the three main TV channels in Kyrgyzstan. Bekeshev himself noted that not all of his initiatives are supported by his parliamentary colleagues, but he intends to continue to protect the rights of people with disabilities.
Together with other deputies we introduced amendments to the law "On Education", which established quotas for the admission of students with disabilities to universities. At my suggestion, the law on presidential and parliamentary elections included provisions according to which, when determining a list of candidates, a political party must include at least two candidates with disabilities, and one of them must be included in the first 50 candidates, and the voting room must be accessible to voters with disabilities. At my initiative, a parliamentary resolution "On Implementation of Legislation on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" was adopted in 2011. Not all of its rules are implemented as needed, but I will persistently and persistently seek its full implementation. Unfortunately, my colleagues did not support my bill aimed at more effective creation of jobs for people with disabilities using funds collected in a specialized fund - instead of not quite effective quotas for such workers stipulated by law.
With the support of Dastan Bekeshev a number of social projects aimed at supporting people with disabilities have been implemented or continue to be implemented:
- equipping regional cells of the Kyrgyz Society for the Blind and Deaf with computers;
- installation of audio devices for blind pedestrians at a number of intersections in Bishkek;
- "Equal Opportunities" social center, where people with disabilities are taught free of charge computer literacy, orientation using a cane and GPS navigators, and assistance in finding a job;
- construction of an apartment building for the visually and hearing impaired in Bishkek;
- textbooks in Braille and large print for visually impaired children are published at the state's expense;
- during parliamentary and presidential elections, visually impaired people are given special stencils that allow them to vote independently.
Thanks to the active work of Dastan Bekeshev, the Kyrgyz Republic has ratified two important international agreements that aim to protect the rights of persons with disabilities:
1) The Marrakesh Treaty on Facilitating Access to Published Works for the Blind and Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled
2) The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
On August 12, 2020, the Civic Platform public foundation published a rating and anti-rating of the deputies of the 6th convocation. According to the publication, the legislative activity of the 6th convocation was very multidirectional. Some deputies tried to complete the initiated bills, while others tried to "push through" their bills at once in the 2nd and 3rd readings, without taking into account the opinion of the public.
The Civic Platform Public Foundation compiled a ranking of the bills initiated by 155 current and "early-leaver" deputies of the VI Convocation for the period from October 28, 2015 to June 30, 2020.
The calculations used public data published on the official parliamentary website www.kenesh.kg as of July 10, 2020.
The top ten most active and effective MPs was Dastan Bekeshev, a member of the SDPK faction, who has 99 bills in his pocket over the entire period.
Of these, in 53 bills Dastan Bekeshev acted as the main initiator, and in 46 as co-initiator. From 53 bills initiated by Dastan Bekeshev, 18 were signed.
The policy of transparency and accountability
Dastan Bekeshev emphasizes three principles, which, in his view, should define the activities of public authorities - decency, transparency and accountability. To this end, he has put forward a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring openness in the work of public administration bodies. In particular, at his suggestion a law was passed which obliged to place video recordings of meetings of the government of Kyrgyzstan on the internet. Bekeshev also suggested creating a database of court decisions of the Supreme Court, city and regional courts and then local courts.
On his YouTube channel, Bekeshev periodically posts videos of parliamentary sessions and his reports to citizens. 20] On his initiative, since 2011, the Jogorku Kenesh has organized excursions for schoolchildren and students, who have the opportunity to visit a session of parliament and get acquainted with the work of deputies.
- Dastan Bekeshev is a candidate master of sports in chess. He believes that it is necessary to open chess clubs in schools, as "it will bring considerable benefit, because playing chess develops memory, logic and analytical thinking, which is important for the future of children.
- Bekeshev brought the idea of conducting tours of the parliament for citizens from the United States, where he visited Congress and met with a number of congressmen.
- Bekeshev has profiles on the most popular social networks - Facebook, Twitter, the Kyrgyz forum Diesel - through which he regularly communicates personally with citizens.
- Thanks to Bekeshev, in 2015 specialized schools for blind and visually impaired children in Kyrgyzstan for the first time since the early 1990s received special textbooks in Braille and large print.
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