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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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Overview of UNHCR's operations in Asia and the Pacific

23 September 2016 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

Sri Lankan Refugee Returnees in 2014

November 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country Reports

Good Practices Paper - Action 1: Resolving Existing Major Situations of Statelessness

23 February 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Thematic Reports

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

UNHCR urges Sri Lanka to stop deportations and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers

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

UNHCR alarmed as Sri Lanka extends deportation to families outside detention

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

UNHCR deeply concerned as Sri Lanka continues with deportations

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

UNHCR urges Sri Lanka to stop deporting asylum-seekers to Pakistan

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

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

Refugees risk all to seek lifeline across Indian Ocean

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

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