UN rights chief urges protection for individuals revealing human rights violations

A senior United Nations official today stressed the need to respect the right to privacy, using the case of United States citizen Edward Snowden to illustrate the urgent need to protect individuals who reveal human rights violations.

Over 8,000 migrants, asylum seekers cross Mediterranean so far this year – UN

The United Nations refugee agency estimates that some 8,400 migrants and asylum-seekers landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta in the first six months of this year, most of them from North Africa, having crossed the Mediterranean, one of the busiest seaways in the world.

Homelessness serious threat to refugees in Poland, Bulgaria and Slovakia – UN report

Homelessness and the threat of homelessness are two of the most serious conditions affecting refugees and asylum-seekers living in Poland, Bulgaria and Slovakia, according to a report released today by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

World's conflicts continue to push up asylum requests, UN refugee agency reports

The number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries increased eight per cent in 2012, the United Nations refugee agency today reported, the largest jump in a decade with the most asylum applications originating from seekers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Syria.

Serious shortcomings at asylum processing centre in Nauru, UN refugee agency warns

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned of serious shortcomings at an offshore processing centre on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to which Australia sends asylum-seekers.

UN agency urges probe into death of Afghan asylum-seeker in Indonesia

The United Nations refugee agency today called on Indonesian authorities to carry out a swift and thorough investigation into the reported death of an Afghan asylum-seeker following a failed escape attempt from a detention facility in the country.

Asylum requests in developed countries rose in first half of year – UN

Applications for asylum in developed countries rose by 17 per cent in the first six months of this year, with most of those seeking admission coming from countries with a history of population displacement, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN refugee agency condemns Sudan’s deportation of Eritrean refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today condemned Sudan’s deportation of Eritrean asylum-seekers on Monday, saying it was concerned with the increased frequency of such incidents and said they violated both international and Sudanese law.

UN agency presses for proper safeguards for children being sent from Australia

Australia’s plan to send unaccompanied minors seeking asylum to Malaysia lacks important operating safeguards for children, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Draft asylum law in Austria sparks concern from UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency voiced concern today about a proposed law in Austria that it said would further restrict the rights of asylum-seekers in the Central European nation.