Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity

A mock-up of the new, biometric ID card. Cardholders are entitled to include, if they wish, their ethnic self-identification in the data stored on the embedded microchip, although this detail is not printed on the card. (Photo: Kyrgyzstan's State Registration Service)

Kyrgyzstan’s government is distributing biometric ID cards with embedded microchips to its population, amid a rowdy polemic about whether the document should include information about the holder’s ethnicity.

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Nurjamal Djanibekova is a reporter based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity

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