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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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Fresh account from survivor of boat fleeing Libya

13 May 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR seeks better rescue mechanisms after Mediterranean drownings

10 May 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Boat carrying 600 sinks off Tripoli, five boats rescued by Italian coastguard

10 May 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Number of civilians to flee Libya's Western Mountains nears 40,000

3 May 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Exodus of Berbers to southern Tunisia interrupted by border clashes

29 April 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

More civilians flee Libya's Western Mountains, new aid reaches the east

26 April 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Thousands of Libyans flee fighting in west into Tunisia

19 April 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Ethnic Berbers flee conflict in western Libya, reach Tunisia

12 April 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR chief applauds Egypt, calls for humanitarian access to Libya

1 April 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

Italy, Malta receive first boats from Libya, stretching asylum capacity

29 March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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