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UNHCR: Staying and delivering for refugees amid COVID-19 crisis

UNHCR: Staying and delivering for refugees amid COVID-19 crisis

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, detailed today a series of measures it is taking in its field operations to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and prevent further spread. “I am deeply concerned at this unprecedented pandemic and its impact on refugees and their host communities. The COVID-19 […]

Uzbekistan to end statelessness for 50,000 people

Uzbekistan to end statelessness for 50,000 people

An estimated 50,000 stateless people in Uzbekistan are set to acquire citizenship following the passing of a new law in the country. A provision in the Citizenship Law, signed by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Friday, will come into effect on 1 April, conferring citizenship to registered stateless […]

UNHCR welcomes Tajikistan’s new law tackling statelessness

UNHCR welcomes Tajikistan’s new law tackling statelessness

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes a new law in Tajikistan that allows foreign nationals and stateless people irregularly residing in the country to regularise their stay, by obtaining residence permits which will also enable them after three years to apply for Tajik citizenship. The measure is an important step […]

Kyrgyz Human Rights Lawyer Wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

Kyrgyz Human Rights Lawyer Wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

A lawyer, whose work has supported the efforts of the Kyrgyz Republic in becoming the first country in the world to end statelessness, has been selected as the 2019 winner of the UN Refugee Agency’s Nansen Refugee Award.

Kyrgyzstan to Become the First Stateless-Free Country in the World

Kyrgyzstan to Become the First Stateless-Free Country in the World

BISHKEK – As announced today by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Kyrgyz Republic is the first country in the world that solved the issue of statelessness. Since 2014, as part of the Global #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness, UNHCR together with the Government of […]