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When the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, newly independent states emerged.
These new borders meant that all of a sudden people found themselves on the wrong side - foreigners in a country they called their home, but were unable to prove or formally claim as such.
The United Nations refugee agency estimates that at least 280 million people lost their citizenship during the formation of post-Soviet republics, including in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Nearly 30 years later, thousands across the region live without any legal trace - many of them having inherited their statelessness from their parents.
Azizbek Ashurov is a Kyrgyz lawyer, and founder of the Ferghana Lawyers Without Borders association. He has spent more than a decade fighting for the rights of thousands of stateless people in his country.
To access those in need, Ashurov and his team first had to figure out how many people lacked legal identity, and find ways to help them. With an estimated two-thirds of Kyrgyzstan's six million people living in rural areas, the team spent much of their time in the hills and villages of the Ferghana valley which spreads across parts of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The work has had an effect.
The NGO has helped more than 10,000 stateless people in Kyrgyzstan gain citizenship, and some 2,000 children now have access to education, health and a more promising future.
Kyrgyzstan is now a leading example of how statelessness can be eradicated - there are no more known cases of people living there without a legal identity.
Talk to Al Jazeera travelled to Kyrgyzstan to meet Ashurov and some of the people he has helped.
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BUT FIRST, WITHOUT A TRACE, THAT’S THE FOCUS OF TONIGHT’S ANGLE. THE FOURTH OF JULY IS STILL SIX WEEKS AWAY, GIVEN THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE TODAY, A REMINDER OF WHY WE CELEBRATE. >> WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS, AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. >> Laura: EARLIER TODAY A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW SURPRISING IT WAS THAT SO MANY AMERICANS WERE WILLING TO GIVE UP THERE IN A INALIENABLE RIGHT FOR A GOVERNMENT PROMISE OF SAFETY. BASIC LIBERTY, THE RIGHT TO WORK, TRAVEL, WORSHIP, FREE SPEECH, TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT, TO ASSEMBLE WITH OTHERS. THEY ALL WERE COMPLETELY SIDELINED OR PARTIALLY SIDELINED DURING THE COVID-19 SHUT DOWN. OFFICIALS ASSURED US THAT RESTRICTIONS WOULD BE SHORT-LIVED, AND ONLY BE IN PLACE UNTIL WE FLATTEN THE CURVE. BUT EVEN AFTER WE DID THAT AND HOSPITALS THANKFULLY WERE NOT OVERRUN, BLUE STATE GOVERNORS BEGAN PILING ON NEW CONDITIONS IN ORDER FOR STATES TO BE FULLY REOPENED AGAIN. COMPLICATED REQUIREMENTS IN THE NEW YORK 51 PAGE REOPENING DOCUMENT, MICHIGAN, ILLINOIS, WASHINGTON STATE SEEM HELL-BENT ON KEEPING PEOPLE IMMOBILE AND SCARED AS LONG AS POSSIBLE AND NOW THEY FOUND A NEW EXCUSE FOR DELAYING COME OF THE NEED FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SO-CALLED CONTACT TRACERS. >> THE POINT OF THIS IS TO CREATE A CORE OF TRAINED FOLKS WHO ARE READY AND ABLE AND HAVE THE SKILLS WE NEED THEM TO HAVE TO HELP USHER US ALL THROUGH THE NEW ENVIRONMENT TO. >> I KNOW A LOT OF YOU DON’T ANSWER THE PHONE WHEN YOU SEE AN UNKNOWN CALLER, BUT I IMPLORE YOU, TO ANSWER THAT CALL. >> WE WANT TO GROW OUR VOLUNTARY CONTACT TRACING SO WE CAN FURTHER CONTROL AND REDUCE THE RATE OF SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND THE STOP OUTBREAKS IN THEIR TRACKS. >> Laura: YEAH, I TRUST HIM. WHAT TSA WAS TO THE POST 9/11 ERA, CONTACT TRACING IS TO THE COVID ERA, IT’S ALL FOR OUR OWN GOOD AND PROTECTION, THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY. IT SEEMS FINE AT FIRST, AND UNTIL MAYBE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT TSA, AN AGENT’S HANDS GETS A LITTLE TOO CLOSE TO YOUR PRIVATE PARTS DURING A RANDOM SCREENING AND THEN THEY THROW AWAY YOUR FAVORITE MOISTURIZER BECAUSE IT’S TOO MANY OUNCES. AT LEAST HER INTERACTION WITH THE TSA AGENT IS BRIEF AND LIMITED TO ONLY WHEN YOU FLY. YOUR INTERACTION WITH A COVID TRACER COULD LAST FOR WEEKS IF NOT LONGER. ACCORDING TO THE AP, THE PRACTICE OF SO-CALLED CONTACT TRACING REQUIRES A HYBRID JOB OF INTERROGATOR, THERAPIST, AND NURSE, AS THEY TRY TO COAX NERVOUS PEOPLE TO BE HONEST. THE GOAL, TO CREATE A ROAD MAP OF EVERYWHERE INFECTED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AND WHO THEY’VE BEEN AROUND. THAT’S A HEAVY LIFT. HOW MANY OF THESE TRACERS WILL WE NEED? >> HEALTH INVESTIGATOR McKENZIE BRAY FOLLOWED THIS PATH THAT SHE KNOWS TOO WELL. >> I’M FOLLOWING UP ON YOUR TEST RESULTS. >> HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE WORKING CONTACT TRACERS, SOME HEALTH OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THAT AS MANY AS 300,000 CONTACT TRACERS WILL BE NEEDED IN THE COUNTRY TO EFFECTIVELY MITIGATE THE SPREAD. >> Laura: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 300,000? THIS KIND OF REMINDS ME OF THE TSA, IF THE EXPERTS GET THEIR WAY, THERE WILL BE SIX TIMES MORE CONTACT TRACERS THEN TSA AGENTS. INSTEAD OF RUMMAGING THROUGH YOUR LUGGAGE, THESE CONTACT TRACERS WILL BE PRYING INTO THE MOST INTIMATE DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE. IF YOU’RE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN IN THE ORBIT OF SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS, THEY COULD MONITOR YOUR WHEREABOUTS CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL THEY DETERMINE YOUR NO LONGER A DANGER TO OTHERS. RIGHT NOW IT MAY BE ONLY FOR 14 DAYS OR SO BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE NEXT EXPERT TELLS US SOMETHING DIFFERENT? MAY BE NEXT WEEK? WHAT ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION, VERY PERSONAL TO YOU? ACCORDING TO THE TRACER TRAINING PROGRAM RUN BY JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY THAT WE HAD A PRODUCER ACTUALLY SIGN UP FOR TODAY, IT’S REQUIRED FOR TRACERS HIRED IN NEW YORK. MEDICAL INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL, THEY SAY, THOUGH PERHAPS NOT ALL OF IT. THIS IS HOW ONE SLIDE IN THAT TRAINING PROGRAM PUTS IT. THAT MEDICAL INFORMATION CANNOT BE SHARED WITH ANYONE ELSE UNLESS YOU AGREE WITH THAT, UNLESS YOUR COVID-19 TEST RESULTS CAN BE SHARED TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH. WHY IS THAT? ACCORDING TO JOHNS HOPKINS, CONTRACT TRACING PROGRAMS ARE A PUBLIC GOOD. THEY CAN REDUCE ILLNESS AND DEATH FROM COVID-19. A PUBLIC GOOD. IT SOUNDS FINE, REASONABLE. BUT I THOUGHT IN A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, THE PEOPLE GET TO DETERMINE WHAT IS IN THE "PUBLIC GOOD" NOT UNACCOUNTABLE EXPERTS AT A UNIVERSITY THAT RECEIVES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN GRANT MONEY FROM BILLIONAIRES IN CORPORATE FOUNDATIONS. GIVEN YOU THE ENORMITY OF THE FEDERAL AND STATE EXPENDITURES WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE, IT’S AMAZING HOW LITTLE DEBATE THERE HAS BEEN ABOUT THE RISK TO PERSONAL PRIVACY. I’M TELLING YOU, THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE PLENTY OF REASONS CITED BY GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS OR UNELECTED TECHNOCRATS TO JUSTIFY TAKING YOUR FREEDOMS AWAY. THEY’LL CITE SCARY THINGS LIKE GUN VIOLENCE, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND NOW OF COURSE COVID OR MAYBE THE NEXT VIRUS. THEY WILL USE OUR FEAR OR MAYBE EXCUSE STATISTICS OR A BAD MODEL TO MANIPULATE THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION. THEY WILL FIND EXPERTS WHO INSIST THAT THEY HARM TO PERSONAL PRIVACY IS MINIMAL AND ANY TRADE-OFF IS WORTH IT. THEY’LL PROMISE THEIR ACTIONS WILL BE TEMPORARY AND NARROWLY TAILORED TO. INVARIABLY THESE NEW PROGRAMS, LIKE WHAT WE SAW AFTER 9/11, WILL BECOME A PERMANENT FIXTURES IN AMERICAN LIFE AND END UP EXPANDING FAR BEYOND THE PROMISED GOALS. I THINK BACK TO THE CREATION OF THE FISA COURT, THE PATRIOT ACT, JUST TO NAME A FEW. THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, BAD ACTORS USE THEM AS WEAPONS AGAINST INNOCENT PEOPLE, AND THEY ALMOST MANAGED TO UNDO A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THE GOVERNMENT CAN USE A VARIETY OF TOOLS TO ENFORCE ITS NEW NORMAL, USING SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLS IS THE LEAST CONCERNING I THINK FROM A PERSONAL PRIVACY STANDPOINT. BUT THEN THERE ARE THESE LOCATION DEVICES USING A VARIETY OF TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS TO MONITOR YOU. YESTERDAY, GOOGLE AND APPLE UNVEILED A PHONE APP THAT LETS YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO’S COVID THE POSITIVE PERIOD OF 22 COUNTRIES HAVE ALREADY SIGNED ON TO USE THE APP. NOW THE TECH GIANTS DID CRAFT THIS APP WITH USER PRIVACY IN MIND, WILL GIVE THEM THUMBS UP FOR THAT BUT ACCORDING TO "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" THE ENTIRE PURPOSE OF THE APP IS TO "HELP PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TRACK CONTACT BETWEEN STRANGERS." PERSONALLY, I TAKE WHATEVER PRIVACY PROMISES THAT THOSE AT THESE COMPANIES ARE MAKING WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. THE FACT IS, TRACKING TECHNOLOGY CAN HAVE A TERRIBLE CHILLING EFFECT ON INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND EXPRESSION. THE SUPREME COURT NOTED THIS A FEW YEARS AGO AND IT’S A RULING TO ENFORCE LOCATION DATA PROTECTION. THE COURT IN CARPENTER VERSUS UNITED STATES SAID DETAILED TRAVEL INFORMATION PROVIDES AN INTIMATE DETAIL INTO A PERSON’S LIFE, REVEALING NOT ONLY PARTICULAR MOVEMENTS BUT THROUGH THEM, HIS FAMILIAL, POLITICAL, PROFESSIONAL, RELIGIOUS, AND ASSOCIATIONS. REMEMBER THOSE SEEMINGLY HELPFUL COVID TRACKING APPS ARE THEMSELVES WINDOWS INTO YOUR LIFE. A SERVICE CAN BE HACKED, DATA STOLEN, AND GENERALLY THE DATA IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE FOR THEFT OR PURCHASE. ADVERTISERS, CYBER CRIMINALS, EVEN POLITICAL ADVERSARIES, AND SO ON. SO CAN THE GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL, STATE REALLY ENSURE THAT OUR DATA NOT BE ACCESSIBLE TO ANY OF THE ABOVE? OF COURSE THE ANSWER IS NO. IT WOULD BE NAIVE TO THINK OTHERWISE. THEY COULD PERHAPS MANDATE THAT THE HEALTH INFORMATION ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO HEALTH AUTHORITIES. BUT GIVEN HOW WRONG IS SO MANY OF THEIR HEALTH EXPERTS HAVE BEEN LATELY, YOU REALLY CAN’T BLAME AMERICANS WHO HAVE SEVERE RESERVATIONS ABOUT TRUSTING THEM WITH THEIR PRIVATE MEDICAL INFORMATION. BACK TO OUR DECLARATION. OUR FRAMERS WERE REALLY SMART. THOMAS JEFFERSON USED THAT WORD IN ALIENABLE TO DESCRIBE OUR RIGHTS FOR A REASON, AMERICANS ARE BORN FREE. WE DON’T GET OUR RIGHTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT CAN NEVER TAKE THEM AWAY. THE GOVERNMENT MAY SOMETIMES FORCE US TO MAKE SACRIFICES, BUT NOT INDEFINITELY, AND NOT WITHOUT A SERIOUS DEBATE OVER WHAT IS IN FACT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO PRESERVE THE LIVES