Turkmenistan's new law on the registration of all newborns, regardless of the legal status of the parents, which came into force on July 11 this year, found support in the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Yasuko Oda of the Office in Central Asia praised our country's intention to solve the situation of statelessness by 2024. She emphasized that millions of people without registration are denied official rights and are "invisible" in terms of the law. In this regard, since 2014. UNHCR's #IBelong Global Campaign.
Over the past 15 years about 23,000 refugees have become citizens of Turkmenistan. Despite the high official level of child registration (99.6%) in Turkmenistan, before the new law was introduced, parents without legal status had difficulty obtaining birth certificates for their children.