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UN agencies join forces to protect forcibly displaced during pandemic

To strengthen and advance public health services for millions of forcibly displaced people globally, two United Nations signed an agreement on Thursday to better protect some 70 million from COVID-19.

Civilians ‘must not be a target’, urges UNHCR, following military escalation in northern Syria

New York: The scale-up in military operations in north-east Syria has forced tens of thousands of civilians to seek safety, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday, one day after Turkey launched airstrikes and a ground offensive across the border.

'Tenacious' Kyrgyz lawyer and statelessness champion, wins prestigious UNHCR prize

New York: A rights lawyer who took to horseback to help more than 10,000 stateless people gain nationality in Kyrgystan after the break-up of the Soviet Union, has been awarded the UN refugee agency’s prestigious 2019 Nansen Refugee Award.

Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

New York: A spike in the number of refugees reaching Greek island reception centres is likely to worsen the situation in already “dangerously overcrowded” facilities there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

More than half of world’s refugee children ‘do not get an education’, warns UNHCR

New York, Aug 31 (IBNS): Refugee children in their millions are missing out on an education, the UN said on Friday, in an appeal to host countries to back more inclusive policies to prevent them from “languishing” in camps for years and losing hope. 

UN refugee chief impressed with Brazil’s ‘exemplary’ response to plight of fleeing Venezuelans

New York, Aug 20 (IBNS): While praising the “efficient, coordinated, humane and innovative response” by Brazil on behalf of fleeing Venezuelans, the UN refugee chief has said that the sheer number of those on the run is proving to be a major challenge, calling for greater international support.

Scores of Rohingya refugee shelters in Bangladesh destroyed by flooding

New York, July 6 (IBNS): Heavy monsoon rains in Bangladesh have drenched the Cox’s Bazar settlement, home to more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees, destroying some 273 shelters, and injuring 11 people, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. The huge refugee camp has been hit by three days of non-stop rain, and more heavy downpours are expected throughout next week, with four months of the monsoon season still to go.

1.4 million refugees set to need urgent resettlement in 2020: UNHCR

New York, July 2 (IBNS): More than 1.4 million displaced people in over 60 refugee hosting countries will need resettlement next year, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday, while also supporting a call for far greater protection for vulnerable LGBTI individuals seeking asylum.

UN chief welcomes announcement by Emir of Qatar to allocate $50 million to support Syrian refugees, displaced persons

Mew York, Jan 26 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the announcement by the Emir of Qatar to allocate $50 million to support Syrian refugees and displaced persons affected by the recent severe weather in the Middle East.

Saudi teen Rahaf arrives in Canada where she has been granted asylum

Toronto: A Saudi teenager, who has been escaping from her family, has arrived in Canada after the nation granted her asylum.  

Canada grants asylum for Saudi teen who fled family: UNHCR

New York, Jan 12 (IBNS): Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s desperate and ultimately successful bid for asylum in the face of alleged death-threats from her own family, provides a “glimpse into the precarious situation of millions of refugees worldwide” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Friday.

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Thailand ‘now in a secure place’ says UNHCR

New York, Jan 8 (IBNS): The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday that 18-year-old Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun, who had been stranded at Bangkok airport after fleeing her family in Kuwait, saying that she would be killed if forced to return, was “now in a secure place”.

Human Rights Watch urges Thailand authorities to halt deportation of Saudi woman

Bangkok, Jan 7 (IBNS): Thailand authorities should immediately halt the planned deportation of a Saudi woman who says she is fleeing domestic abuse and fears for her safety if forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

UN agencies welcome green light for Rohingya projects in northern Myanmar; urge ‘more effective access’

New York, Dec 18 (IBNS): The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Monday announced that they had received the Government go-ahead to develop community projects in Myanmar’s Rakhine province, and called on authorities to provide “more effective access” to the area.

UN agencies call for more resettlement and end to detention of asylum seekers in Libya

New York, Nov 24 (IBNS): Denouncing the dangers faced by migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Friday for an end to their detention and advised those intercepting or rescuing them at sea against returning them to a country where they face “squalid conditions”.