asylum

UN refugee agency launches campaign to eliminate statelessness within 10 years

The United Nations refugee agency today launched a global campaign aimed at ending within a decade the problem of statelessness – a legal limbo for the more than 10 million people worldwide who lack a nationality and the human rights protections that go with it.

Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency

Search and rescue operations are ongoing for survivors following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, the latest tragic incident off the Libyan coast of Tripoli, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR).

UN agency dismayed as Thailand deports Laotian refugee at risk of mistreatment

The United Nations refugee agency today spoke out against the deportation of a Laotian man from Thailand back to his homeland, where he could face harsh treatment amounting to persecution.

UN rights office ‘deeply disturbed’ over Australia’s handling of Sri Lanka asylum seekers

The United Nations human rights office said today that is “deeply disturbed” that Australian authorities on Sunday returned to Sri Lanka 41 people seeking asylum, apparently without adequate screening of their protection claims and needs.

UN voices concern after Australia returns asylum-seekers intercepted at sea to Sri Lanka

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced deep concern after Australia handed over some 41 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka after intercepting them at sea, and highlighted its unease with shipboard processing of protection claims.

In Bulgaria, living conditions for asylum-seekers improves, but gaps remain - UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency applauded today the “significant efforts” made recently by the Bulgarian authorities and their partners to improve living conditions for asylum seekers in the country.

Industrialized nations see sharp rise in asylum claims, driven by Syria crisis – UN report

A new report issued today by the United Nations refugee agency found a sharp rise in asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries over the course of last year, driven primarily by the crisis in Syria.

Manus Island disturbance prompts UN call for ensuring protection of asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today highlighted the need to address “significant shortcomings” in the process by which Australia moves asylum-seekers to Papua New Guinea and called for a probe into recent incidents that reportedly led to the death of an asylum-seeker on Manus Island.

Australia: UN agency concerned by reports that asylum-seeker boats forced back to Indonesia

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed today that it is seeking details from Australian authorities about recent media reports of the navy forcing boats, presumed to be carrying asylum-seekers on their way to Australia, back to Indonesian territorial waters, as well as reports of plans to buy and provide vessels for future “push-backs.”