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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 Comments on the European Commission's amended recast proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council laying down standards for the reception of asylum-seekers

July 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Joint United Nations Comments on The European Commission Proposal for a Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime

March 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR comments on the European Commission's Amended Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection status (Recast) COM (2011) 319 final

January 2012 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR's comments on the Proposal for amendment of the Lithuanian Law on Legal Status of Aliens (Draft Law No. XIP-2360(2))

October 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention of Asylum-Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons

March 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

Keep the doors open

20 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR seeks common sense European approach towards those fleeing violence

19 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

As states increase border controls, UNHCR calls for sensitivity for those fleeing persecution

7 January 2011 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

60th Anniversary: UNHCR marks landmark with appeal for renewed commitment to helping the world's forcibly displaced

14 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

World AIDS Day: HIV and AIDS remain a policy priority for UNHCR

1 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

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