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

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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.

“We are grateful to UNHCR for supporting SRS to reach out to remote villages throughout the country, to identify and provide valid documentation to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan. SRS will continue to help resolve those at risk of statelessness,” Mr. Sarpashev said.  

“We are glad to see that the State Registration Service recommended to institutionalize the methodology for identification and documentation of stateless persons, which was elaborated together with SRS, for use by its territorial departments,” said Ms. Shinohara. “We hope that the IT equipment presented today will increase the capacity of the State Registration Service, particularly in the remote mountainous regions.”

Since 2014, the UN Refugee Agency and the State Registration Service launched a joint effort to register and reduce statelessness in the country. Sixty-eight multifunctional mobile teams have been created, trained, and equipped to carry out the documentation campaign in Bishkek and Osh cities as well as in Osh, Jalalabad, Batken, Talas, Chui, Issyk-Kul and Naryn provinces. These teams travelled to remote areas of the country, provided free legal counselling to stateless persons or those at risk of statelessness, including Soviet passport holders, foreigners with expired passports, and persons without birth certificates.  

During the two-year operation, the field teams have registered more than 11,000 persons of concern, of whom about 8,700 have obtained documentation or citizenship. Legal and administrative gaps identified through the field activities are brought to the attention of the government, along with suggestions for improvement. UNHCR continues to support the Kyrgyz government in addressing practical and legal issues not only to ensure the reduction of statelessness, but also to prevent future cases of statelessness.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees leads and co-ordinates humanitarian action to protect refugees, asylum-seekers, and stateless people in the Kyrgyz Republic. UNHCR provides assistance to the state authorities in establishing fair and efficient asylum systems, and in preventing and reducing statelessness.