Kyrgyzstan set to accede to Marrakesh Treaty
Kyrgyzstan on track to become the first country in central Asia to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities

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Teresa Hackett, EIFL-IP Manager, congratulates Yryskul Tu Esunalieva, Head, Copyright and Related Rights Dept, State Service of Intellectual Property and Innovation, Bishkek, on Kyrgyzstan’s progress towards accession of the Marrakesh Treaty.

EIFL welcomes the news that in March 2017 the President of Kyrgyzstan signed a bill approving accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Marrakesh Treaty for blind, visually impaired and otherwise print-disabled people.

The final step in the accession process is when the instrument of accession is deposited by the Kyrgyz Republic at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), that administers the Marrakesh Treaty.

Earlier in March, President Almazbek Atambayev also signed into law amendments to the Copyright Act implementing Marrakesh Treaty provisions into national law. So when the accession process is completed at WIPO, libraries in Kyrgyzstan can immediately start to provide accessible format copies, such as braille, audio, large print and digital formats, and to exchange materials with libraries in other countries that have ratified the Marrakesh Treaty.


The Kyrgyz law of accession to the Marrakesh Treaty and amendments to the Copyright Act follow an intensive campaign led by the Kyrgyzstan Libraries Information Consortium (KLIC), EIFL’s partner consortium in Kyrgyzstan.

“This represents  a great achievement for the library and blindness communities, policy-makers and elected representatives who worked closely together. It is a significant step in increasing access to reading materials for people in Kyrgyzstan with print disabilities,” said EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, Teresa Hackett.

EIFL looks forward to completion of the accession process so that libraries in Kyrgyzstan can fully utilize the Marrakesh Treaty and can better serve people with print disabilities.

The Marrakesh Treaty increases access to knowledge for print-disabled people by giving organizations like libraries the right to reproduce printed works in accessible formats such as braille, audio, large print and digital formats, and to exchange these works across national borders.


To fulfill the promise of the right to read for blind, visually impaired and other print disabled people, EIFL is supporting ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in partner countries, and its implementation into national copyright law.