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UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives. Today, a staff of around 7,092 people in 124 countries continues to help 35.8 million persons.  Website: www.unhcr.org
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UNHCR letter to letter submitted to the Civil Court, First Hall, of Malta in relation to the case of Tafarra Besabe Berhe vs. Police Commissioner as Principal Immigration Officer and the Minister for Justice and Home Affairs

July 2007 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

UNHCR intervention before the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in the case of The Queen on the Application of Al Rawi and Others (Appellants) and (1) The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and (2) The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondents)

12 July 2006 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

Alternatives to Detention of Asylum Seekers and Refugees

April 2006 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Submission to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention

14 May 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

Advisory Opinion From the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Certain Aspects of the Current Practice of Detention of Asylum Seekers by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

15 April 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

UNHCR's Revised Guidelines on Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers

26 February 1999 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

Principes directeurs du HCR sur les critères et les normes applicables quant à la détention des demandeurs d'asile

26 February 1999 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

Directrices del ACNUR sobre los criterios y estándares aplicables con respecto a la detención de solicitantes de asilo

26 February 1999 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

UNHCR-Richtlinien über anwendbare Kriterien und Standards betreffend die Haft von Asylsuchenden

26 January 1999 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

UNHCR Brief on Statelessness and Detention Issues

27 November 1997 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Policy/Position Papers

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