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UNHCR urges states to protect refugees’ rights, not to instrumentalize their plight

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly concerned by the instrumentalization of refugees and migrants by states apparently to achieve political ends. People are not, and should never be, pawns in geopolitical games. When states encourage population outflows to neighboring countries, they create grave risks and compound the trauma and suffering of people fleeing. It […]

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Photo Exhibition Shows Enterprising Migrants and Refugees

Geneva, November 19, 2019 –  With an estimated 272 million international migrants in the world today, migration has the potential to significantly improve the wellbeing and socioeconomic conditions of migrants and their families, as well as the development prospects in receiving and sending communities, provided it occurs in an informed manner and within a transparent […]

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Hundreds of thousands in harm’s way in northern Syria

October 10, 2019 – The escalation of conflict in northern Syria risks causing more human suffering and adding new displacement to what is already the largest displacement crisis in the world. Tens of thousands of civilians are on the move to escape the fighting and seek safety. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling on […]

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Refugees and migrants from Venezuela top 4 million: UNHCR and IOM

June 7, 2019 – The number of Venezuelans leaving their country has reached 4 million, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration, announced today. Globally, Venezuelans are one of the single largest population groups displaced from their country. The pace of the outflow from Venezuela has been staggering. From some […]

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UN experts calls for solidarity with people affected by Africa cyclone

GENEVA (1 April 2019) – UN human rights experts* have called on States, international organisations and private actors to show solidarity with Southern Africa countries after Cyclone Idai left hundreds of people dead, hundreds of thousands displaced and caused billions of dollars in damage. Idai caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving more […]

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Legal changes and climate of hatred threaten migrants’ rights in Italy, say UN experts

GENEVA (21 November 2018) – Italy’s proposed tightening of immigration rules will have a serious impact on migrants’ lives, and are of grave concern, UN human rights experts* said today, urging the Government to reverse course. “The abolition of humanitarian protection status, the exclusion of asylum seekers from access to reception centres focusing on social […]

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Four years into its #IBelong Campaign to end statelessness, UNHCR calls for more resolute action by states

Formerly stateless Makonde community member Amina shows off her Kenyan identity card, Kwale, Kenya, March 2017.  © UNHCR/Modesta Ndubi Nov. 13, 2018 – Four years after the launch of a decade-long campaign to eradicate statelessness globally, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called today on states to take faster and more resolute action to help meet the […]

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UN Refugee Agency: U.S. must act in accordance with the 1967 refugee Protocol to which the U.S. is a party

A young Salvadoran girl pauses at a roadside in Huehuetan, southern Mexico, with refugees and migrants from Central America.  © © UNHCR/Daniel Dreifuss November 9, 2018 – Among the people on the move in Central America and Mexico today, many are fleeing life-threatening violence or persecution and are in need of international protection. UNHCR expects all […]

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Myanmar refuses access to UN Special Rapporteur

GENEVA (20 December 2017) – The Government of Myanmar has informed UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee that all access to the country has been denied and cooperation withdrawn for the duration of her tenure. Ms. Lee had been due to visit Myanmar in January to assess the state of human rights countrywide, including the human […]

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“American Dream is rapidly becoming American Illusion,” warns UN rights expert on poverty

WASHINGTON, D.C. / GENEVA (18 December 2017) – The United States, one of the world’s richest nations and the “land of opportunity”, is fast becoming a champion of inequality, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston. Entrenched poverty will be made far worse by policies being proposed […]

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UNHCR report exposes the discrimination pervading the life of stateless minorities worldwide

November 3, 2017 – A new UNHCR report warns that discrimination, exclusion and persecution are stark realities for many of the world’s stateless minorities, and calls for immediate action to secure equal nationality rights for all. More than 75% of the world’s known stateless populations belong to minority groups, the report notes. Left unaddressed, their […]

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Donors pledge over $344 million in response to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

October 23, 2017 – The international donor community today announced pledges for more than US$344 million to urgently ramp up the delivery of critical humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh. Funding was also pledged for the humanitarian response inside Myanmar where violence, insecurity and growing humanitarian needs have sent nearly 600,000 […]

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No place for enforced disappearances in 2017, UN experts say

NEW YORK (20 October 2017) – Enforced disappearance should not exist in the 21st century, but reports of the “heinous” crime continue to be received in unacceptably high numbers, two UN experts* say, stressing that the cases they receive represent only a small percentage of a much worse and gruesome reality. “The crime of enforced […]