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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 Legal Position: Despite court ruling on Sri Lankans detained at sea, Australia bound by international obligations

4 February 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

More people risk lives across Indian Ocean despite abuse, deterrence

5 December 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR Submissions in the High Court of Australia in the case of CPCF v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Commonwealth of Australia

15 September 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

Co-chairs' Summary: International Workshop on the Protection of Irregular Movements of Persons at Sea Jakarta, Indonesia, 21- 22 April 2014

22 April 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Conference Reports

UNHCR seeking details on reports of boats forced back from Australia

10 January 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Update on UNHCR's operations in Asia and the Pacific

24 September 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

UNHCR troubled by new Australia-PNG asylum agreement

26 July 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR shocked at loss of life after boat accident off Christmas Island

15 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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