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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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Mediterranean death toll soars in first 5 months of 2016

31 May 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Massive loss of life reported in latest Mediterranean tragedy

20 April 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Survivors tell harrowing tales of fight for air on "boat of death" off Libya

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

UNHCR to help Libya improve response to boats in distress off its coast

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

Almost 400 refugees saved after crammed fishing boat sank off Libya

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

Burns victims receive treatment in Sicilian hospital

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

Italy rescues 6,000 people crossing Mediterranean in four days

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

Boat tragedy off Moroccan coast, 4 dead, several boats rescued off Maltese, Italian and Libyan coasts

6 December 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Hirsi and Others v. Italy

22 June 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

Tunisians save hundreds as another Lampedusa-bound boat capsizes

3 June 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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