Kazakhstan to partake in UN global campaign to eradicate statelessness

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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Kazakhstan will take part in the UN global campaign to eradicate statelessness, this has been announced by Mr. Bernard Doyle, UNHCR Regional Representative/Regional Coordinator for Central Asia, during the presentation of the handbook called "Persons with citizenship and stateless" in the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

"Last year High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Antonio Gutierrez, who is a former prime minister and a member of parliament, launched a global campaign aimed at the eradication of statelessness around the world. In this context, the today's meeting in the Senate marks an important milestone in this global endeavor. This guide has been developed in conjunction with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the UNHCR specifically for all MPs facing problems of statelessness," said B.Doyle. According to his words, the handbook is an overview of the international legal framework, and it helps to understand under what circumstances and in what way a person can be defined as a citizen or a stateless person. The guide offers clear recommendations that can make members of parliament, to reduce and prevent statelessness. B.Doyle noted that other countries of the Central Asian region, as well as Kazakhstan, are actively working in this direction. For example, Turkmenistan has acceded to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. Kyrgyzstan amended its law "On citizenship" and conducted a registration campaign. In Kazakhstan, the UNHCR agreed with the Ministry of Interior to join forces on statelessness in the country.

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