Dear Journalists and Media Representatives!
Osh, 12 September 2018 – Press Conference will be conducted on the occasion of an Official Ceremony of the Passports Handover to the New Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic in Osh. In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic issued on 30 July 2018, 1,654 persons were granted citizenship of the Kyrgyz Republic. They include refugees, stateless and undocumented persons residing in the Kyrgyz Republic for many years.
Since 2014, UNHCR’s partners have identified more than 13,000 people in statelessness situation in the Kyrgyz Republic, including children at risk of statelessness due to the lack of birth registration and a birth certificate. The majority of them are former citizens of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) who have not yet acquired or confirmed citizenship of the newly independent States, following the USSR’s dissolution in 1991. Others became stateless later due to the gaps in nationality laws, international migration and mixed marriages. Thanks to concerted efforts of the Kyrgyz government, almost all of the identified stateless people, except for 1,200 remaining cases, have found a solution through naturalization, confirmation of their nationality or obtaining a nationality of a third country.
Millions of people around the world are stateless: They are not considered as nationals by any state. Statelessness is sometimes referred to as an invisible problem because stateless people often remain unseen and unheard. The lack of nationality can profoundly affect the ability of people to access adequate health care, education, employment and other social services. Many spend most of their lives battling the inequalities and often pass their struggles on to future generations. Granting citizenship will enable stateless persons to enjoy the basic human rights and become productive members of the society.
UNHCR continues to assist the Kyrgyz Republic to resolve the remaining 1,200 cases of statelessness and to improve relevant laws to prevent future statelessness, for example through ensuring birth registration for all children born in the country. In collaboration with the governments and other UN partners such as UNICEF, UNHCR aims to end statelessness in the world by 2024.
The Press Conference will start at 10 am. Participants are kindly requested to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier.
Mr. Jylkybaev U., Governor of Osh province of the Kyrgyz Republic
MFA Representative for the South of the Kyrgyz Republic
Ms. Pratova M., Director of Department for Registration of Population and Civil Acts of the State Registration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic
Ms. Yasuko Oda, Regional Representative/Regional Coordinator of UNHCR for Central Asia
The following and the other questions will be answered during the Press Conference:
- How many stateless persons are there in the world, Central Asia, and the Kyrgyz Republic?
- What are the causes of statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic?
- What challenges do they face?
- What are the benefits after acquiring nationality?
- What is the progress in reducing statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic?
Participants are requested to confirm their participation by 16 :00 of 10 September 2018 by the following phone : 00 996 312 611264 (ext.179) or by email: email@example.com (Ms. Ester Kozhakhmetova, Protection Assistant, UNHCR in the Kyrgyz Republic)
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is the United Nations organization providing international protection and seeking durable solutions for refugees, asylum–seekers and stateless persons.
The legal cornerstones of UNHCR’s work to assist stateless persons and prevent statelessness are the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. The UN General Assembly also gave UNHCR the formal mandate to prevent and reduce statelessness as well as to protect stateless men, women and children. The organization’s staff around the world pursue a strategy to eradicate statelessness. To fulfil its unique mandate UNHCR works in partnership with the authorities and the civil society.
UNHCR office in the Kyrgyz Republic has started its activities in December 1995.
More information is on www.unhcr.org, www.unhcr.kz and the Facebook page: UNHCR Central Asia