Refugees International has a heartbreaking story on a Uyghur refugee fleeing persecution in Xinjiang Province, China, and left stateless by the Kyrgyz bureaucracy. Rebiya (name changed) faces a difficult dilemma:
She felt safe until she saw a picture of herself on a wanted sign posted by the Chinese government. The bounty on her head: $10,000. “Anyone who worked for the government or against it cannot leave, nor can their relatives. And once you leave, you can never return. In China people are tortured if deported back. Or killed."
Statelessness is a common problem in Kyrgyzstan, and RI reports that as many as 10 to 30% of people in the border regions have no papers declaring their propiska, or declaration of residence.