The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees leads and coordinates humanitarian action to protect refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless people in Kyrgyzstan.

 

UNHCR supports the Government in establishing fair and efficient asylum systems, preventing and reducing statelessness, and actively engages in peacebuilding process in the Ferghana Valley by helping to build trust between communities and the local authorities.

 

Agency News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • António Guterres appointed next UN Secretary-General by acclamation

    António Guterres appointed next UN Secretary-General by acclamation

    The General Assembly today appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • World Refugee Day Remarks by Mr. Jenish Razakov, Governor of Batken Province of the Kyrgyz Republic

    World Refugee Day Remarks by Mr. Jenish Razakov, Governor of Batken Province of the Kyrgyz Republic

    Dear ladies and gentlemen, Today the world is observing the World Refugee Day. I am proud to say that the Kyrgyz Republic is fulfilling its commitments in addressing refugee issues. Following the accession in 1996 to the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees, the Kyrgyz Republic was the first country in Central Asia to adopt a national law on refugees in 2002.

  • 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.

  • We are the descendants of migrating peoples...

    We are the descendants of migrating peoples...

    I am often mistaken as a Kyrgyz on the streets of Bishkek and people casually talk to me in languages I unfortunately cannot understand. But now I am convinced that the Japanese and Kyrgyz are related! We are the decedents of migrating peoples, spreading ancient music and rich culture across the vast land...

  • UNHCR trains Kyrgyz border officials on protection-sensitive border management

    UNHCR trains Kyrgyz border officials on protection-sensitive border management

    UNHCR organized a training for trainers of the Border Guard Service and other agencies on protection-sensitive entry systems in Issyk-Kul from 28 to 30 October. The training was conducted by UNHCR together with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic with financial support from the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration of the U.S. State Department.