Contest for Journalists “Statelessness in Central Asia”

We are happy to announce winners of the contest:

1 place – Mijgona Halimova, Tajikistan,, for article “How people turn out to be without citizenship”

2 place – Margarita Bocharova, Kazakhstan,, for article “Myths and truths about the problem of statelessness in Kazakhstan”

3 place – Irina Bairamukova, Kyrgyzstan, Expert for Kyrgyzstan, for article “They exist physically, but don’t exist for state”

The goal of the contest is to support quality, authoritative and impactful reporting of various aspects of nationality and statelessness in Central Asia. The contest is organized as part of UNHCR global #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024.

The contest is open to original works on the topic of nationality and statelessness in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) presented in print, online, TV or radio from journalists based and working for a media outlet in one of the countries mentioned above. Contest submissions can be focused on a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • causes of statelessness and innovative solutions for this problem;
  • extreme vulnerability and human impact of statelessness, including the risks and issues stateless people face in Central Asia because of COVID-19;
  • challenges faced by Central Asian countries in resolving the issue of statelessness;
  • progress made by Central Asian countries in eradicating statelessness.


1st place – a laptop;

–   2nd place – a tablet;

–   3rd place – a smartphone.

The winners will receive certificates of recognition and information about their winning works will be published on UNHCR communications platforms.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Participants must be based and work for a media outlet in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan at the time of submission.
  • Entries are open to professional and freelance journalists.
  • Submissions are accepted in English, Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek languages.
  • The contest is open for submissions published/broadcast within the period from 15 October 2020 to 31 December 2020.
  • There is no limit on the number of submissions that can be provided by one participant.
  • Each submission is to be limited to a single author.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (GMT+6), 31 December 2020.

Applicants should provide the following information to email: [email protected] with the subject line “Contest for Journalists on Statelessness 2020”:

Contest works should be provided in the following form:

  • For print materials: Scanned copy (PDF, JPG). The scan copy must be of high quality, readable and preferably show the publication date.
  • For online materials: a link to the online platform where the contest work has been published.
  • For TV and radio materials: a link to the online multimedia-sharing platform where the contest work can be accessed and/or downloaded

If an applicant submits more than one submission, each submission should be provided in a separate email.

Questions should be directed to the same address.

Detailed description of the contest