Human Rights News

  • Kyrgyzstan's Envoy to UN, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights discuss human rights cooperation

    Kyrgyzstan's Envoy to UN, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights discuss human rights cooperation

    AKIpress: Kyrgyzstan's Envoy to UN and other Geneva-headquartered international organizations Ulan Jusupov on November 6 met with High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

  • Deputy Foreign Minister, UN Representative discuss promotion of human rights in Kyrgyzstan

    Deputy Foreign Minister, UN Representative discuss promotion of human rights in Kyrgyzstan

    AKIpress: Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Askar Beshimov met with the Chief of the Europe and Central Asia Section at the UN Human Rights Office Hulan Tsedev

  • Message for the International Day to end violence against women and girls

    Message for the International Day to end violence against women and girls

    At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.

  • Kyrgyzstan Updates Annual Contingency Plan in case of Refugee Influx

    Kyrgyzstan Updates Annual Contingency Plan in case of Refugee Influx

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Ministry of Emergency Situations jointly convened the 5th annual High level Working Group meeting to update the Contingency Plan for refugees. Representatives of Defense Council, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Committee for National Security, State Migration Service, State Border Service, State Agency for Local Self-Government and Interethnic Relations and other government agencies, as well as UN agencies participated in the annual review of the level of preparedness and established a working agenda for the next year.

  • UNHCR and Partners Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Accession to the Refugee Convention

    UNHCR and Partners Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Accession to the Refugee Convention

    UNHCR organized a round table and reception to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Many speakers recognized the progressive achievements made by the Kyrgyz Republic in protecting refugees and asylum seekers.

  • UNODC supports development and implementation of quality management system in the Kyrgyz center of the state forensic examinations

    UNODC supports development and implementation of quality management system in the Kyrgyz center of the state forensic examinations

    Today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kyrgyzstan awarded fourteen employees of the State Forensics Centre (SFC) under the Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice with internationally recognized certificates as the result of their participation at the high-quality foundation course “effective quality management system ISO 17025” held on 23 - 25 November 2016, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

  • Refugee kids escorted National football players on to the pitch

    Refugee kids escorted National football players on to the pitch

    Under UNICEF’s program, that promotes family unity and values “Every child needs family” and in collaboration with UNHCR, two refugee children were invited to the soccer game to escort football players onto the pitch.

  • WFP works with the Ministry of Education and Russian Federation to boost school meals in Kyrgyz schools

    WFP works with the Ministry of Education and Russian Federation to boost school meals in Kyrgyz schools

    The UN World Food Programme and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science are expanding the Kyrgyz Republic’s school meals programme in the country’s poorest rural areas with financial and technical support from the Russian Federation.

  • UN Human Rights Office concerned over increasing intimidation of human rights defenders in Kyrgyzstan

    UN Human Rights Office concerned over increasing intimidation of human rights defenders in Kyrgyzstan

    The UN Human Rights Office in Central Asia on Wednesday expressed its concern over the narrowing environment for the activities of human rights defenders in Kyrgyzstan, saying that over the past year, it had noted a worrying increase in negative statements and intimidation by state actors directed at human rights defenders and their work.

  • Kyrgyzstan celebrates World Refugee Day

    Kyrgyzstan celebrates World Refugee Day

    Refugees, representatives of the Government, civil society, the media, and diplomatic corps gathered to commemorate the strength and resilience of more than 60 million people around the world forced to flee their homes due to war or human rights abuses.

  • UNHCR helped an 89-year old to get her first passport in Naryn

    UNHCR helped an 89-year old to get her first passport in Naryn

    Today the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the State Registration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic handed over Kyrgyz passports to 15 people who were at risk of statelessness in Kochkor, Naryn province.

  • World Refugee Day Remarks by Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    World Refugee Day Remarks by Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    Every year on 20th June the world commemorates the strength, the courage and the resilience of millions of refugees. Globally nearly 60 million people have fled their homes to escape conflicts or human rights violations. These people are not just statistics, they are mothers, they are fathers, they are daughters, they are sons, they are sisters, they are brothers. They are also doctors, teachers, farmers or students who led normal lives in their home communities.

  • Kyrgyz Permanent Representative to the United Nations and UN High Commissioner for Refugees discuss cooperation

    Kyrgyz Permanent Representative to the United Nations and UN High Commissioner for Refugees discuss cooperation

    Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva Daniyar Mukhashev met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

  • State Registrations Service receives UNHCR’s joint field manual,  vows to continue reducing Statelessness

    State Registrations Service receives UNHCR’s joint field manual, vows to continue reducing Statelessness

    UNHCR today presented a Field Module and IT equipment worth over 875,000 soms to State Registration Service (SRS) under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic which has agreed to continue its field outreach activities to reduce statelessness. UNHCR handed over 300 copies of the Guidelines for identification and documentation of stateless persons through multifunction groups, developed under the joint project between UNHCR and SRS. In addition, 24 laptops, 28 multi-function devices (printer, scanner and copier machines), and 28 digital cameras were donated for SRS to continue the work.

  • UNHCR and Partners Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Accession to the Refugee Convention

    UNHCR and Partners Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Accession to the Refugee Convention

    UNHCR organized today a panel discussion with key Kyrgyz partners for protection of refugees to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Ms. Cholpon Jakupova, member of the parliament and former head of Legal Clinic Adillet, and Mr. Almaz Asanbaev, Deputy Chairperson of State Migration Service addressed the students and faculty at the International University of Kyrgyzstan on international protection and answered questions related to achievements of the country.

  • Kyrgyzstan restores documentation for 9,000 citizens

    Kyrgyzstan restores documentation for 9,000 citizens

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the State Registration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic held today the Seventh High-Level Steering Meeting on Reduction and Prevention of Statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic. Government officials, representatives of civil society and experts reviewed progress in the implementation of the National Action Plan on Reduction and Prevention of Statelessness and agreed on the next steps to end statelessness.

  • Empowering women and girls requires renewed efforts to end violence and harmful practices

    Empowering women and girls requires renewed efforts to end violence and harmful practices

    Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016

  • In Kyrgyzstan, courts become child friendly

    In Kyrgyzstan, courts become child friendly

    Bishkek, 15 December 2016 – In the course of just a few months, 11 courts in Kyrgyzstan have introduced child friendly facilities and procedures for children in contact with the law. The reform builds on UNICEF support. In March 2016, the Leninskiy district court in Bishkek first introduced a child friendly court model, developed by UNICEF in partnership with national authorities, with UK Government support. The model aims to promote child friendly justice for children in conflict with the law, and child sensitive procedures for children who have witnessed or been victim of crime.

  • UNODC brings together Central Asian penal reform leaders to promote prison-based rehabilitation programmes

    UNODC brings together Central Asian penal reform leaders to promote prison-based rehabilitation programmes

    Over 50 policy-makers, justice professionals and other experts from Central Asian and other countries gathered at a regional workshop in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 20 to 21 December 2016, to discuss promising practices and existing challenges related to the management of prison-based rehabilitation programmes.

  • UNHCR partners with TIKA to continue peacebuilding projects for local citizens, assists refugees become self-reliant

    UNHCR partners with TIKA to continue peacebuilding projects for local citizens, assists refugees become self-reliant

    Turkish International Cooperation and Development Administration (TIKA) has agreed with UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to build a canal basin worth $62,000, which will supply water to two villages of Mirmakhmudov and Kara-Tash in Nookat district in the Osh province. For several years, there has been tension between the two communities over access to irrigation water. This initiative by TIKA is a continuation of UNHCR’s Peacebuilding project, which will not only bring water to the villages but will help their residents live in peace and harmony.