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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 seeking urgent relocation of besieged Peuhl minority in Yaloke, Central African Republic

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

Higher education programme helps refugees in Syria continue studies

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

UNHCR condemns massacres in Beni, in DR Congo and calls for humanitarian access

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

UNHCR, OHCHR appeal to Cambodian authorities to allow access to Vietnamese Montagnards in hiding

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

Hungarian border last hurdle on a long journey from war zones

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

UNHCR helps gay Congolese rejected by his mother find a new home

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

Coexisting in Congo: rivals set an example for peace in Katanga village

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

UNHCR urges focus on saving lives as 2014 boat people numbers near 350,000

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

Governments at Geneva meeting agree to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees

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

Ukraine conflict uproots hundreds of thousands

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

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