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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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Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention of Asylum-Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons

March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Latin America nations pledge more for protection of the displaced and stateless

12 November 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Latin American nations urged to accede to statelessness conventions

11 November 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Q&A: Brazil's Justice Minister committed to helping the displaced and stateless

9 November 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

ExCom: UNHCR chief calls for "New Deal" in managing the world's displaced

8 October 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

ExCom: UNHCR says faster state accessions needed for statelessness conventions

6 October 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Extracts relating to UNHCR's supervisory responsibility for the statelessness conventions

5 July 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Kommentar des Hohen Flüchtlingskommissars der Vereinten Nationen (UNHCR) zur Richtlinie 2004/83/EG des Rates vom 29. April 2004 über Mindestnormen für die Anerkennung und den Status von Drittstaatsangehörigen oder Staatenlosen als Flüchtlinge oder als Personen, die anderweitig internationalen Schutz benötigen, und über den Inhalt des zu gewährenden Schutzes (OJ L 304/12 vom 30.9.2004)

May 2005 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR Annotated Comments on the EC Council Directive 2004/83/EC of 29 April 2004 on Minimum Standards for the Qualification and Status of Third Country Nationals or Stateless Persons as Refugees or as Persons Who Otherwise Need International Protection and the Content of the Protection Granted (OJ L 304/12 of 30.9.2004)

28 January 2005 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR Annotations for Articles 1 to 19 of the Draft Council Directive on Minimum Standards for the Qualification of Third Country Nationals and Stateless Persons as Refugees or as Persons Who Otherwise Need International Protection and the Content of the Protection Granted

December 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

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