UNHCR, the UN Refugee Company, welcomes a brand new legislation in Turkmenistan which is able to assist be sure that all kids born within the nation may have their births registered. The Legislation on Civil Standing Acts, which entered in to power in July, will assist forestall new circumstances of statelessness arising for kids born to people who find themselves undocumented or whose nationality is undetermined.
The brand new legislation is the most recent in a collection of serious developments taken by Turkmenistan to stop and cut back statelessness within the nation, together with the adoption of an formidable Nationwide Motion Plan to Finish Statelessness (2019-2024) which was formally endorsed by the President of Turkmenistan in January final 12 months.
Over the past 15 years, an estimated 23,000 refugees and stateless folks have been granted Turkmen nationality. These embrace some 10,000 stateless individuals who have been naturalized because the nation’s accession in 2011 to the 1954 Conference regarding the Standing of Stateless Individuals.
“We applaud the progress made by Turkmenistan in honoring its dedication to deal with statelessness. It follows numerous advances being made within the area to resolve this problem,” mentioned Yasuko Oda, UNHCR Consultant for Central Asia.
Final 12 months, the Kyrgyz Republic turned the primary nation on this planet to finish all recognized circumstances of statelessness on its territory, Kazakhstan additionally amended its laws to make sure common start registration and Tajikistan enacted a particular time-bound Amnesty Legislation for stateless folks and overseas residents to allow them to regularize their standing.
In April this 12 months, Uzbekistan additionally enacted a brand new citizenship legislation which is able to assist confer citizenship for some 50,000 stateless folks.
“As a part of its international #iBelong Marketing campaign to Finish Statelessness by 2024, UNHCR has been working in shut collaboration with governments and companions throughout the area to stop and reply to statelessness,” mentioned Oda.
“On account of the joint efforts of governments, UNHCR and civil society, some 79,000 stateless folks in Central Asia have acquired a nationality since 2014. Near 117,000 individuals are nonetheless recognized to be stateless throughout the area, however the precise quantity is estimated to be increased.”
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