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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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The Cartagena Declaration on Refugees and the Protection of People Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence in Latin America

June 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Summary Conclusions on International Protection of Persons Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence; Roundtable 13 and 14 September 2012, Cape Town, South Africa

20 December 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Policy/Position Papers

Note sur l'interprétation de la notion de 'conflit armé interne' visée par l'article 15, c) de la Directive Qualification dans le cadre de l'affaire C-285/12 pendante à la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne

19 September 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Court Interventions / Amicus Curiae

Uganda: Surge in Congolese influx as fighting worsens in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

22 May 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

The Causes, Character and Conduct of Armed Conflict, and the Effects on Civilian Populations, 1990-2010

April 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Safe at Last? Law and Practice in Selected EU Member States with Respect to Asylum-Seekers Fleeing Indiscriminate Violence

27 July 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

Afghanistan Protection Cluster: Protection Overview (Northern and North-Eastern Region - 2010)

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

Ethnic Berbers flee conflict in western Libya, reach Tunisia

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

Under What Circumstances Can a Person Who Has Taken an Active Part in the Hostilities of an International or a Non-International Armed Conflict Become an Asylum Seeker?

June 2004 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

Humanitarian issues in the Biafra conflict

1 April 2001 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

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