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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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UNHCR statement on Saturday's boat capsizing in western Uganda's Lake Albert

25 March 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

UNHCR shocked and saddened at drowning of scores of Congolese refugees in Lake Albert

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

Central African Republic Situation: External Regional Update #6 - 6-12 March 2014

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

UNHCR appeals for accelerated help for refugees fleeing CAR, South Sudan

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

Central African Republic: The importance of being educated

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

Central African Republic - Fact Sheet

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

South Sudan Emergency Situation Map: Refugees in South Sudan (as of 30 December 2013)

15 January 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Maps

Fighting in Bangui, Central African Republic, displaces some 210,000 people

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

Rebellion's end in Democratic Republic of Congo comes too late for one family

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

Fresh fighting triggers new Congolese refugee inflow to Uganda

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

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