On 11 January, UNHCR released a position on returns to South Sudan. UNHCR calls for a suspension of forcible returns to the country. The organization considers that many persons fleeing South Sudan are likely to meet the criteria for refugee status under the 1951 Refugee Convention, or would otherwise meet the refugee definition in Article 1(2) of the 1969 OAU Convention.
The UNHCR Protection Considerations contain information about recent and current developments which impact the assessment of international protection needs for persons from Southern and Central Somalia falling within certain risk profiles or finding themselves in certain circumstances.
This document serves as an interim update of the Eligibility Guidelines for assessing the international protection needs of asylum-seekers from Somalia, issued on 5 May 2010.
This paper assesses the prevailing reception conditions and asylum procedures in Bulgaria, including the situation for people transferred to Bulgaria under the Dublin Regulation. It identifies areas where the Bulgarian authorities are required to take urgent steps to effect improvements, in order to ensure respect for the rights of asylum-seekers and people in need of international protection.
On 22 October 2013, UNHCR released an Update to the International Protection Considerations with regard to people fleeing the Syrian Arab Republic (Update II).
This paper supersedes UNHCR's December 2012 International Protection Considerations with regard to people fleeing the Syrian Arab Republic, Update I.
Core legal instruments and UNHCR's policy and guidance relating to children at risk.
Provisions, guidance and tools on detention, prison conditions and freedom of movement.
Legal, policy and guidance documents on gender equality and women.
Legal, policy and operational documents relating to Internally Displaced Persons.
Key information relevant to the protection of civilians in situations of armed conflict.
Documents on the intersection between refugee protection and international migration.
Legal, policy and guidance materials relevant to the refugee status determination process.
Core documents on UNHCR's resettlement activities, challenges and the policy framework.
Key materials relevant for asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Key documents from several special initiatives to clarify and strengthen UNHCR's mandate.
Legal instruments, UNHCR policy documents and guidance on statelessness.
Documents relevant to the human rights mechanisms within the United Nations.
Since December, Chad has evacuated 16,000 people to N'Djamena from Bangui, including more than 1,000 from the Central African Republic and some other countries.
The crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic have together caused one of the biggest forced displacement situations Africa has seen in recent years.
Former refugee Ranko has applied for one of 70 sturdy bungalows to be built in Serbia under a programme aimed at ending the region's long displacement chapter.
UNHCR makes it possible for hundreds of villagers to go home by drilling two boreholes to replace a stream contaminated in recent fighting.
The refugee agency is particularly worried about people in areas such as the PK12 neighbourhood in Bangui and the towns of Boda, Bouar and Bossangoa.
The Syrian refugee population in Lebanon includes some 270,000 children. A new UNHCR-supported programme is finding a solution for nearly 30,000 of them.