UN Highlights Efforts to Combat Statelessness in Russia and Kyrgyzstan »CIS»

, Bishkek –,

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres yesterday highlighted efforts to respond to the problem of statelessness in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and several other countries. He stated this at the third committee of the UN General Assembly.

According to him, since 2011, about 50 states have joined international conventions on the status and rights of stateless persons (stateless persons). “But more importantly, efforts to confirm the citizenship of thousands of people in Côte d’Ivoire, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, the Russian Federation and Thailand have been successful,” he stressed.

According to him, responding to this problem in the coming years will remain one of the priorities of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Guterres recalled that in 2014, UNHCR announced a global campaign to end statelessness by 2024. “I hope governments will support this ambitious but achievable goal,” he said.

Earlier, while in Bishkek, the head of the UNHCR Maki Shinohara statedthat Kyrgyzstan is taking the lead in eradicating statelessness. The project was launched with the government of the Kyrgyz Republic in February 2014. As of July 2015, 7.5 thousand stateless people were registered in the republic. More than 3.2 thousand of them received passports or identity documents.



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