Human Rights News

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • A step forward in respecting human rights and improving access to and quality of family planning

    In line with the recently approved Action plan for sexual and reproductive health: towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – leaving no one behind, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a workshop in close collaboration with WHO for health professionals, decision-makers and development partners from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 and Kyrgyzstan team-up to promote sports for youth crime prevention

    In mid-June, UNODC experts met with a range of Government officials and non-state actors in Kyrgyzstan to explore ways to expand cooperation in tackling crime and drug use through using sports. The meetings, held in the capital Bishkek, were an important step towards rolling-out UNODC’s global initiative which aims to prevent delinquency among at-risk youth as part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme as well as the Office’s 2015-2019 Regional Programme for Central Asia.

  • Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July – UNODC Central Asia celebrates the Nelson Mandela Rules

    On 18 July, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Programme for Central Asia honors the life, work and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela, former South African President, who spend 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for human rights, equality, democracy, conflict resolution and reconciliation.

  • The Kyrgyz Republic joins UNODC Global Action against trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) launched today in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

  • UNODC supported “one-stop shop” improves access to policing services in Nookat

    With the opening of a refurbished police station and local crime prevention centre in Nookat in the southern Osh province, INL and UNODC recently marked an important milestone for community policing and crime prevention in Kyrgyzstan.

  • UNODC promotes sports as tool for peace on Kyrgyz-Tajik border

    Kulundu is a municipality in the southern Batken province of Kyrgyzstan on the border with Tajikistan. The people living in this remote, rural area - over 25,000 in total - mostly earn their living by engaging in agriculture and cross-border trade. Labour migration to Russia and other countries is common and remittances are an important source of income for the community.

  • World Aids Day: Right to Health

    Quiz Night intellectual game took place in Bishkek on November 29, 2017 under the World AIDS Day campaign focused on the right to health The game was organized and conducted by the Country Office of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in cooperation with the Institute of Media Policy.

  • UNODC supported a five-day training-course for the Kyrgyz Counter Narcotics Service of the Ministry of Interior

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Programme Office in the Kyrgyz Republic in cooperation with the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office in Bishkek has completed a five-day training-course on “Drug Unit Commanders Course” from 25 -29 September 2017.

  • UNODC, INL: new grassroots initiatives increase resilience to crime in Kyrgyzstan

    Every year between 25,000 and 30,000 crimes are registered in Kyrgyzstan. One third of these crimes -- over 10,000 -- occur in the capital, Bishkek. With 1,341 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016, the Sverdlovsk district has the highest crime rate in the city.

  • UNODC contributes to public safety through supporting prison-based rehabilitation programme in Kyrgyzstan

    Today, the State Service of Punishment under the Government of Kyrgyzstan and United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime signs an action plan to support implementation of vocational training and income-generating activities in female and male prisons to support bakery as well as shoe and sewing production. Overall UNODC will provide around 135 000 USD to support prison-based rehabilitation programme that will benefit more than 100 prisoners.

  • INL and UNODC Help Build Community-Based Partnerships on Crime Prevention in Kyrgyzstan

    On 24 November, INL and UNODC teamed up with local authorities and police in Jeti-Oguz to open a renovated police station and local crime prevention centre.

  • 15-year-old Kirsina Alieva demands to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

    15-year-old Kirsina Alieva ‘took over’ the position of Dastan Bekeshev, Member of the Parliament in Kyrgyzstan in the framework of the World Children’s Day celebration. On behalf of 29,000 children with disabilities living in Kyrgyzstan, she demanded to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

  • UNODC supports Kyrgyzstan to improve crime data collection and reporting on SDG implementation

    Within the framework of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019, UNODC is undertaking new initiatives to assist the countries in the region with the production of crime and criminal justice statistics