Returning from a trip to Romania, the winner of a United Nations competition for the best article on asylum-seekers among journalism students in Ireland said it was crucial for journalists to meet refugees and hear their stories.
The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over concurrent protests over living conditions, resettlement and other issues by Somali refugees in Yemen that turned violent leaving one person dead, and Sudanese refugees in Egypt where conditions at a sit-in are rapidly deteriorating.
The United Nations refugee agency today launched the latest edition of its “Refugee Encyclopaedia,” a set of six CD-ROMs – or a single DVD – containing more than 90,000 full-text, searchable documents to help all those involved in refugee protection.
The new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called on governments, civil society and the media to step up their efforts to encourage open-mindedness and combat radicalism on all fronts, as it was becoming increasingly difficult to preserve asylum and to protect refugees in an environment of growing intolerance and extremism.
The United Nations refugee agency has called on the Panamanian government to grant refugee status to 831 Colombians who have been living in the country under a precarious temporary status for more than six years.
The United Nations marked World Refugee Day today with a tribute from Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the courage and perseverance of people uprooted from their homes, and with ceremonies at focal points around the globe, from Afghanistan to Uganda.
António Guterres started his term today as the head of the United Nations refugee agency by pledging his commitment to the protection of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) around the world.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today recommended to the General Assembly that former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres become the next UN High Commissioner for Refugees, with a three-year mandate beginning 15 June.
Eight nominees have been short-listed to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), replacing former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers who resigned a month ago as chief of the refugee agency amid a media furore over allegations against him of sexual harassment, which he denied.