Human Rights News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Investing in teenage girls for a more just, stable and peaceful world

    Investing in teenage girls for a more just, stable and peaceful world

    The teenage years are for some girls a time of exploration, learning and increasing autonomy. But for many others, it is a time of increasing vulnerability and exclusion from rights and opportunities, or just plain discrimination...

  • Give teenage girls a voice!

    Give teenage girls a voice!

    In 2016 the theme for the World Population Day is “Investing in teenage girls”. On this day, United Nations Population Fund UNFPA draws attention of the society to such issues as needs and challenges that face teenage girls.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Early Response to Early Marriages

    Early Response to Early Marriages

    Every so often, browsing news feeds, I think about how the information life is short-lived. Daily news are being lost so much in other news and it seems that human mind can fit everything, nevertheless how is it analyzed and conclusions made after all, since there are in the queue dozens of other news?

  • Sign language to understand the world

    Sign language to understand the world

    To implement this initiative the agreement between PBC and UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic was signed. According to the Law “On the Rights and Guarantees of persons with disabilities” of the Kyrgyz Republic, disabled people with hearing problems are able to obtain information through sign language at least from one of the local TV channels.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.