'A whole new world has opened in front of me'

For 50,000 formerly stateless people in Uzbekistan, citizenship will unlock the door to foreign travel, the right to vote and allow them a new-found dignity.

20 Jan 2021

Once a dream, citizenship puts medical career within reach

University seemed like an impossible dream for 21-year-old Nazir, who was born stateless in Kyrgyzstan. Now he can finally study medicine.

8 Oct 2019

Intrepid lawyer achieves quest to eradicate statelessness in Kyrgyzstan

Heading out on foot, on horseback and in four-wheel drives, Azizbek Ashurov and his team of lawyers have helped Kyrgyzstan to end statelessness.

2 Oct 2019

Citizenship tastes sweet to Kyrgyzstan beekeeper

Abdusamat Saparov dreamed of being a beekeeper for over 20 years. But without a birth certificate or passport, it seemed impossible.

30 Sep 2019

Kyrgyzstan ends statelessness in historic first

4 Jul 2019

UNHCR water project aids road safety in Kyrgyzstan

Peacebuilding programme brings standpipes to village where children risked their lives crossing a busy highway on a daily trek to fetch water

24 Nov 2015

UNHCR chief welcomes regional commitments in Central Asia to protect migrant and asylum-seeker rights

5 Jun 2013

Southern Kyrgyzstan needs continued support - UNHCR

28 Oct 2011

Statelessness: Breaking the cycle in Kyrgyzstan

On paper, they do not exist. In reality, they struggle daily for their basic rights because they do not have a nationality, as generations of stateless people in Kyrgyzstan can attest.

26 Aug 2011