UNHCR talks cooperation with Turkmenistan on fight against statelessness

Turkmenistan Materials 4 December 2020 13:47 (UTC +04:00)
UNHCR talks cooperation with Turkmenistan on fight against statelessness

BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 4

By Jeila Aliyeva - Trend:

Turkmenistan and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will continue cooperation within the Joint Annual Plan of Activities as well as in the context of Turkmenistan’s National Action Plan to End Statelessness (2019-2024), UNHCR told Trend.

“Turkmenistan’s continued commitment to addressing and resolving statelessness merits appreciation and further encouragement for full eradication of statelessness by 2024,” said UNHCR, adding that in the last 15 years, approximately 23,000 refugees and stateless persons have been granted Turkmen nationality.

Furthermore, the message noted that Turkmenistan is a State party to the two Statelessness Conventions and has largely harmonized its national legislation and practices with international standards.

“Recently, UNHCR welcomed Turkmenistan’s new Law on Civil Status Acts (2020), which will ensure that all children born in the country – including those with undocumented parents – will have their births registered. The law, which entered into force on 1 July 2020, will prevent childhood statelessness in the country,” said UNHCR.

UNHCR also said that the law was the latest of several significant steps that Turkmenistan has taken to prevent and reduce statelessness in the country.

“It fulfills a commitment made by Turkmenistan at the High-Level Segment on Statelessness in October 2019, which brought together United Nations member states, civil society, and other organizations,” noted the message


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