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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 Legal Position: Despite court ruling on Sri Lankans detained at sea, Australia bound by international obligations

4 February 2015 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR deeply concerned as Sri Lanka continues with deportations

5 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR urges Sri Lanka to stop deporting asylum-seekers to Pakistan

2 August 2014 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

UNHCR urges humanitarian solution for detained North Koreans

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

Excerpts of Concluding Observations and Recommendations from UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures' Reports - Universal Periodic Review: Benin

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

UNHCR urges Thailand against forced returns to Myanmar

28 December 2010 | Publisher: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Document type: Country News

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