UNHCR / NANSEN AWARD WINNER

02-Oct-2019 00:02:07
Azizbek Ashurov, a lawyer, whose work has supported the efforts of the Kyrgyz Republic in becoming the first country in the world to end statelessness, has been selected as the 2019 winner of the UN Refugee Agency’s Nansen Refugee Award. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / NANSEN AWARD WINNER
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 02 OCTOBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Med shot, Azizbek Ashurov and High Commissioner Filippo Grandi before press conference
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees:
“Today it is my great pleasure to announce that the winner of the Nansen award for 2019 is sitting next to me, Azizbek Ashurov.”
3. Azizbek Ashurov, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi and Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, Head of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office, before press conference
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Azizbek Ashurov, Nansen Award Winner:
“It’s a great privilege for me, as it has been for each winner before me. At the same time I feel a great responsibility it brings. I think I will have to work even harder in the future, to prove worthy of this recognition, but I will do so with great enthusiasm.”
5.Various shots, Azizbek Ashurov, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, ambassador Valentin Zellweger (right), Head of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and Hans Brattskar (left), Ambassador Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in Geneva
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Azizbek Ashurov, Nansen Award Winner:
“This award is not all about me, of course, I’m more than confident that this award is the award of people who devoted themselves to work on ending statelessness around the world. Our colleagues in Kyrgyzstan, our government officers who was involved in this work, UNHCR colleagues who shared their great experience to achieve these problems.”
7. Close up, Ashurov with Grandi
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees:
“It was very timely to give the Nansen award to a champion of statelessness who in his country, Kyrgyzstan, has contributed to eliminate this scourge. This is the first country in the world that has eliminated completely statelessness. I think its very important to mark this occasion.”
9. Wide shot, Azizbek Ashurov, High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, ambassador Valentin Zellweger (right), Head of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and Hans Brattskar (left), Ambassador Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in Geneva
STORYLINE
Azizbek Ashurov, a lawyer, whose work has supported the efforts of the Kyrgyz Republic in becoming the first country in the world to end statelessness, has been selected as the 2019 winner of the UN Refugee Agency’s Nansen Refugee Award.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees:
“It was very timely to give the Nansen award to a champion of statelessness who in his country, Kyrgyzstan, has contributed to eliminate this scourge. This is the first country in the world that has eliminated completely statelessness. I think its very important to mark this occasion.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Azizbek Ashurov, Nansen Award Winner:
“It’s a great privilege for me, as it has been for each winner before me. At the same time I feel a great responsibility it brings. I think I will have to work even harder in the future, to prove worthy of this recognition, but I will do so with great enthusiasm.”

Through his organization Ferghana Valley Lawyers Without Borders (FVLWB), he has helped well over 10,000 people to gain Kyrgyz nationality after they became stateless following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Among them, some 2,000 children will now have the right to an education and a future with the freedom to travel, marry and work.

SOUNDBITE (English) Azizbek Ashurov, Nansen Award Winner:
“This award is not all about me, of course, I’m more than confident that this award is the award of people who devoted themselves to work on ending statelessness around the world. Our colleagues in Kyrgyzstan, our government officers who was involved in this work, UNHCR colleagues who shared their great experience to achieve these problems.”

Statelessness affects millions of people worldwide, depriving them of legal rights or basic services and leaving them politically and economically marginalized, discriminated against and particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
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