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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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Additional UNHCR Observations on Article 33(2) of the 1951 Convention in the Context of the Draft Qualification Directive

December 2002 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR's Observations on the European Commission's Proposal for a Council Directive on Minimum Standards on Procedures for Granting and Withdrawing Refugee Status

July 2001 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

UNHCR Summary Observations on the Commission Proposal for a Council Directive on Minimum Standards on Procedures for Granting and Withdrawing Refugee Status (COM(2000) 578 final, 20 September 2000)

July 2001 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

The Refugee Convention, 1951: The Travaux préparatoires analysed with a Commentary by Dr. Paul Weis

1990 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Commentaries

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