July 31, 2014
by Julie Deisher
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday condemned the Israeli shelling of a UN school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, killing six Palestinians. The attack came shortly after Israel declared a four-hour "humanitarian ceasefire" to allow Palestinians to evacuate their dead and ...[read more]
July 5, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Thursday issued a new global strategy to help countries stop detaining asylum seekers, refugees and stateless people worldwide. The UN agency is concerned for the lasting physical and psychological impacts on families, specifically children, who are placed in ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku announced on Wednesday that Kenya deported 82 Somalis and rounded up hundreds of other undocumented immigrants in response to a series of attacks committed by Somali Militants since 2011. Since the crackdown, almost 4,000 have been arrested, nearly 500 ...[read more]
January 7, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Thailand to work with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to screen detained persons for refugee status and the mandate to protect refugees and stateless people. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing abuse in Rakhine state enter Thailand seeking asylum. According ...[read more]
October 25, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
UN Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth appealed to the international community on Thursday to keep the Eritrean human rights situation in focus and to increase efforts to aid refugees. Approximately 300,000 Eritrean refugees fled the country in 2012 alone, and the UN Refugee Agency estimates ...[read more]
September 7, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Friday stated it is "increasingly worried" for the safety of civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR). UNHCR reported that during a visit to CAR last week, they witnessed virtual lawlessness in the CAR, discovering several villages burned to the ground and ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) praised the High Court of Kenya Tuesday for upholding the asylum right of urban refugees and expressed hope the government of Kenya will now resume legal services. Last week the High Court of Kenya ruled against a government directive to transfer refugees from urban ...[read more]
April 17, 2013
by Keith Herting
The government of Uganda and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Monday launched a 'mobile' court intended to serve both the migrant population of the Nakivale settlement and nearby Ugandan nationals. The project is intended to provide quicker access to justice as well as a deterrent to crime in ...[read more]
February 8, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Congress of the Philippines on Wednesday passed a bill to protect the rights of more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs). The bill was praised by the UN Refugee Agency on Friday. If the bill is signed into law, the Philippines will become the first country in the Asia-Pacific ...[read more]
January 14, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported Friday that more than 2,000 have fled growing violence in the northern Myanmar state of Rakhine and Bangladesh aboard boats operated by smugglers in the Bay of Bengal. The UN agency has voiced grave concern of the lives of the refugees who have boarded boats ...[read more]

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