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News in Brief 27 March 2020

  • Abandoning elderly at risk from coronavirus is ‘criminal’: OHCHR
  • Asylum-seekers’ concern over #COVID-19 restrictions – UNHCR
  • ‘Social bomb’ could explode as those on society’s margins struggle under COVID-19
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Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months.

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

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.

 

Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, independent UN human rights expert warns 

Expressing deep concern over how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged the Government to immediately end its “crisis” approach to the issue. 

‘Severe’ new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says

Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the ‘severe’ measure will endanger vulnerable people in need of international protection from violence or persecution.

Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary ‘deliberately deprived of food’: UN human rights office

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being “deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards”.

Saudi teen set to be ‘fully integrated’ in Canadian society: UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who arrived in Canada on Friday, “wants to go back to school as soon as possible” said Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN Refugee Agency’s representative (UNHCR) in Canada. The social media-savvy teenager was granted asylum after fleeing her own family in Kuwait fearing she would be killed.  Speaking by phone from Canada, Mr. Beuze explained to UN News's Hafiz Kheir how her case had been resolved so quickly.

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News In Brief 10 August 2018

  • Venezuela exodus ‘one of largest population movements in history’: UNHCR.
  • Yemen bus attack condemned as just the latest outrage against civilians
  • Birth registration initiative promises to boost vital services to children
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News In Brief 07 August 2018

  • Venezula asylum numbers already higher than last year: UNHCRHide summary
  • More than 2,000 Somalis return home amid growing conflict in Yemen
  • Indonesia quake has left ‘ghost towns’ and destruction: IFRC
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Key Brazilian border crossing for Venezuela refugees reopens as asylum numbers pass last year's total

Some 117,000 Venezuelans have claimed asylum already this year — more than for the whole of 2017 — the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, after welcoming a decision by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court to reverse the closure of the country’s border with its northern neighbour.