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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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Ministerial Meeting on the Comprehensive Solutions Strategy for Rwandan Refugees Joint Communiqué

2 October 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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

Update on UNHCR's operations in Africa

24 September 2013 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Regional Reports

More than 5,000 Congolese flee to Uganda amid fresh fighting

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

Hoping for peace, afraid of war: the dilemmas of repatriation and belonging on the borders of Uganda and South Sudan

30 November 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

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