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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 chief returns to Tunisia to meet refugees from Libya

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

UN teams find displaced people, growing needs in Libya's conflict zones

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

UN missions find displacement, looming shortages on both sides of the battle lines in Libya

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

UNHCR condemns refoulement of Eman Al Obeidi to Libya

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

Tunisians save hundreds as another Lampedusa-bound boat capsizes

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

At least 150 drown as yet another Lampedusa-bound boat capsizes

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

Disruption at Choucha Camp near Tunisia-Libya border

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

Hundreds return to Libya in desperate bid to reach Europe by boat

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

Death on the Mediterranean

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

Fresh account from survivor of boat fleeing Libya

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

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