kyrgystan

'Tenacious' Kyrgyz lawyer and statelessness champion, wins prestigious UNHCR prize

A rights lawyer who took to horseback to help more than 10,000 stateless people gain nationality in Kyrgystan after the break-up of the Soviet Union, has been awarded the UN refugee agency’s prestigious 2019 Nansen Refugee Award.

News in Brief 2 October 2019

  • Kyrgyz lawyer wins top UN Refugee Agency award
  • UN envoy positive but realistic about upcoming Syria Constitutional Committee meeting
  • First-ever visit of a UN human rights chief to Malaysia
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Fresh clashes in Kyrgyzstan prompt call for restraint from UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a call for calm and restraint as reports of violence and loss of life emerge from Kyrgyzstan, where clashes have broken out between supporters and opponents of the Provisional Government.