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2019 Nansen Refugee Awards

2019-10-09 2 0 162 YouTube

A lawyer who has spent over a decade championing the rights of more than 10 000 stateless people in the Kyrgyz Republic has emerged as this year's recipient of the 2019 Nansen Refugee Award. Azizbek Ashurov was chosen for his outstanding 16-year commitment to ending statelessness in Kyrgyzstan, ensuring that those left stateless by the break-up of the former Soviet Union finally have citizenship. Ashurov runs Ferghana Valley Lawyers Without Borders, an organization first established in 2003 to offer free legal advice. It began tackling statelessness in 2007. In 2014, funding from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, helped to set up mobile legal clinics and map the problem. Morning Live co-anchor, Leanne Manas caught up with him in Geneva, Switzerland… For more news, visit: sabcnews.com