'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

Uzbekistan to end statelessness for 50,000 people

17 Mar 2020

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

Ivorian refugees call for disarmament, reconciliation and increased grant before return

Although UNHCR is facilitating the voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees, more than 52,000 remain in four camps and various communities in Liberia.

10 Feb 2014

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

5 Jun 2013