Human Rights News

  • Statement of UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, on Safer Internet Day

    Statement of UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, on Safer Internet Day

    Today is Safer Internet Day. A day celebrated globally each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

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

    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.

  • Warriors of invisible war

    Warriors of invisible war

    “I have never thought sexual violence would be such a challenging case to defend”-, says Aijan Orozakunova, one of the best lawyers that someone would know in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. “When I have taken the rape case to follow, I was shocked by the assigned judicial sentence- the penalty was far from being fair. The perpetrator got three years and of course, we stepped in immediately to appeal for a stricter penalty. We won - he will be imprisoned for eight years now”

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

    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.

  • Kyrgyzstan marks World Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with UNODC support

    Kyrgyzstan marks World Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with UNODC support

    In 2017, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Kyrgyzstan (UNODC) conducts anti-drug information campaign under the slogan “Listen First”. 'Listen First' is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.

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

    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

    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.

  • UNODC supports the Kyrgyz Government in fight against drug trafficking

    UNODC supports the Kyrgyz Government in fight against drug trafficking

    Some 50 representatives of governmental bodies, international organizations, civil society and media took part at the State Coordination Committee on drug control meeting, devoted to the 26 June – International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking. The event was organized by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the United Nations Programme Office on drugs and crime in the Kyrgyz Republic (UNODC).

  • Statement of Intent by the Kyrgyz Republic

    Statement of Intent by the Kyrgyz Republic

    The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic recognizes that addressing sexual and reproductive health challenges is essential to the development of the country, ending poverty and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • UNODC initiates discussions on the role of women in preventing violent  extremism in Kyrgyzstan

    UNODC initiates discussions on the role of women in preventing violent extremism in Kyrgyzstan

    The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of the Kyrgyz Republic have partnered to promote the participation and engagement of women and girls in efforts to prevent violent extremism. During the summer months, 250 neighbourhood and youth inspectors from all regions participated in training courses organized by UNODC and led by trainers from the MoI’s Countering Extremism and Illegal Migration Service.

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

    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

  • UNODC supported 12 small grants projects on security and crime reduction in Kyrgyzstan

    UNODC supported 12 small grants projects on security and crime reduction in Kyrgyzstan

    Under the Small Grants Programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, "Prevention in Action", public associations and activists of six regions of Kyrgyzstan will launch 12 projects aimed at preventing offenses in the Republic.

  • The Government of Japan allocates US$6.2 million for improving maternal and child health, and drug control in the Kyrgyz Republic

    The Government of Japan allocates US$6.2 million for improving maternal and child health, and drug control in the Kyrgyz Republic

    With the contribution of US$6.2 million from the Government of Japan, the Kyrgyz Republic launched two new initiatives on Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Care Systems, which will be implemented by UNICEF, and another on Supporting Drug Control, which will be implemented by UNODC.

  • Brand new pre-school facility to open in Jel Aryk

    Brand new pre-school facility to open in Jel Aryk

    Children of pre-school education will go to brand new facility in Jel-Aryk village of the Kyzyl-Oktyabr Ayil Aimak very soon. In the energy efficient building constructed by UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic, they will learn early environmental education program.

  • A law on prohibition of child marriages is entering in its active phase of implementation

    A law on prohibition of child marriages is entering in its active phase of implementation

    On February 13, 2018 Child’s Rights Defenders League (the League), with the support of UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic and the British Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, held a roundtable where representatives of authorized state bodies, international organizations and public organizations discussed further actions and activities to prevent child marriages and the protection of their rights with a view to eradicating this problem.

  • Refugees deserve praise for resilience and courage

    Refugees deserve praise for resilience and courage

    On June 20, World Refugee Day, we honour the resilience and courage of more than 65 million people who have been forced to flee war, persecution and violence. But it’s also a moment to recognise those communities and people around the world who receive refugees and the internally displaced in their midst, offering them a safe place, and welcoming them in their schools, their workplaces and their societies.

  • Statement of the Secretary General on World Autism Awareness Day

    Statement of the Secretary General on World Autism Awareness Day

    On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences. Let us also renew our promise, engraved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to leave no one behind and ensure that all people can contribute as active members to peaceful and prosperous societies.

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

    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.

  • 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?

  • Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid

    Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid

    Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of Human Rights Day.