In July 2014 the Inter Parliamentary Union and UNHCR published the second edition of Nationality and Statelessness: Handbook for Parliamentarians. This important advocacy and learning tool has been updated to provide information on contemporary statelessness issues, developments in international law and doctrine, good practice examples, and possible solutions. It recommends actions that can be taken by parliamentarians, government officials, international and civil society organisations and others to address the challenges of statelessness.
This report by the Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation (ACCORD), commissioned by UNHCR, provides Country of Origin Information (COI) pertaining to the security situation, political situation, human rights issues and the rule of law in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Topics covered include freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, actors involved in the conflict, political groups, ethnicity, women, LGBTI individuals, internally displaced persons and returnees. The report covers events up to 22 July 2014.
On 1 July 2014, UNHCR released and Update to the International Protection Considerations related to developments in Ukraine.
This paper supersedes UNHCR's March 2014 International Protection Considerations related to developments in Ukraine.
On 17 June, UNHCR released a position on returns to Southern and Central Somalia. UNHCR calls for a suspension of forcible returns to the country. The organization considers that for many Somalis from these areas, eligibility for international refugee protection under the 1951 Convention, and in the African Union, under the 1969 OAU Convention should be considered; many of them are likely to meet the criteria for refugee status under one or both of these Conventions.
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.
The volunteers of the women's rights group, Butterflies, are recognized for their work in helping more than 1,000 women in Buenaventura, Colombia's main seaport.
Through the Butterflies network, Benedicia regained control of her life and avoided being sucked into the quagmire of violence and extortion in Buenaventura.
Faraydun and Nazdar fled their village when militants started to attack Yazidis in Iraq's Sinjar area. Now they are stuck in Greece, but they wish to go further.
Burundian refugee Leonie was distraught when her husband was killed in flash floods in northern Kenya. UNHCR will help her recover from her loss.
Amid recovery efforts in the central Philippines, UNHCR is helping tens of thousands of typhoon survivors to replace lost civil documents or to acquire them for the first time.