State Migration Service of Turkmenistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held a joint online briefing on Wednesday dedicated to the upcoming anniversary of global #iBelong Campaign to End Statelessness, the TDH news agency reports.
According to the report, statelessness is a pressing issue today, affecting millions of people around the world who are denied access to fundamental rights and official recognition.
In order to eliminate the problem, UNHCR launched a ten-year campaign #IBelong in November 2014, within the framework of which close international cooperation has been established with many countries of the world, including Turkmenistan, which are committed to high humanitarian principles, the foundations of democratic development and modern legal society.
During the briefing, the staff of the UNHCR Country Office for Central Asia presented an expanded overview of the achievements of the countries of the region in the framework of this global campaign.
A significant development on this path was the adoption by the state the National Action Plan to End Statelessness by 2024, which provides for a number of specific measures to address this issue.
According to the employees of the State Migration Service, since 2011, an estimated 23,000 refugees and stateless people have been granted Turkmen nationality.
In July this year, Turkmenistan adopted a new Law on Civil Status Acts, which guarantees the registration of all children born in the country, regardless of the status of their parents.
Representatives of the State News Agency (TDH), the State Committee on Television, Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography, the State Publishing Service, newspapers and magazines, and the country's official websites attended the online event.