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UNHCR & Magnum launch '60 Years 6 Lives' exhibition

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Refugee Week today launch a remarkable exhibition by award-winning Magnum photographer Ian Berry at Glasgow's Trongate 103 arts centre. '60 Years 6 Lives marks the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention and celebrates the lives of six refugees who have sought sanctuary in the UK in each of the decades since 1951, their photographs telling stories of personal struggle, courage and perseverance.

30th November 2010 - UNHCR's response to Channel 4's 'Dispatches: The Kids Britain Doesn't Want'

In response to issues raised by Channel 4s documentary 'Dispatches: The Kids Britain Doesn't Want', UNHCR Representative to the UK Roland Schilling, said:

"The position of the United Nations Refugee Agency is that detention of asylum seekers should as far as possible be avoided and that children in particular should not be subject to this practice. Strong efforts should be made to release detained children and their families to suitable alternative accommodation as soon as possible. Within this context, UNHCR welcomes the UK Governments stated intention to end the practice of detaining children...

11th November 2010 - Kenya's Nubians: Then and Now, exhibition by photograher Greg Constantine, 17th -26th November 4th June 2010

UNHCR presents Kenya’s Nubians: Then & Now, the first London exhibition for photographer Greg Constantine. Combining rare, historical photographs of the Nubian community with Constantine’s recent work on the community’s struggle for recognition, the exhibition aims to tell the story of this little-known community who, as one Nubian elder described is, “being squeezed into extinction”. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, UNHCR commissioned photographer Greg Constantine to spend a month photographing the Nubians, one of the communities in Kenya exposed to the risk of statelessness.

14th October 2010 - UNHCR Chief raises alarm about diminishing humanitarian space in Oxford speech

UN Refugee Chief uses Oxford University speech to call for international action on global refugee crisis

In a speech at Oxford University, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has raised the alarm about the diminishing space in which humanitarian organisations are obliged to operate. He said that the intractable nature of armed conflict is one of the most preoccupying challenges for UNHCR and other humanitarian organisations.

14th June 2010  - UNHCR chief says 2009 "worst" year for voluntary repatriation in two decades

Some 43.3 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2009, the highest number of people uprooted by conflict and persecution since the mid-1990s, according to UNHCR's annual 2009 Trends report, released today. At the same time, the number of refugees voluntarily returning to their home countries has fallen to its lowest level in twenty years.

14th June 2010 - UNHCR says more attention needed for Afghan children on the move

Growing numbers of Afghan children are making a difficult and dangerous overland
journey to Europe, travelling without their parents and exposed to dangers and
human rights abuses, a new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) report has found.

14th June 2010 - Living Silence: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) presents ‘Living Silence’, a photographic exhibition of one of the world’s most enduring refugee crises, by award-winning photographer Saiful Huq Omi.

23rd March 2010 - Zimbabweans nearly one in four amongst UK asylum seekers

Asylum applications in the United Kingdom over 2009 declined by five percent in comparison with the previous year, with 29,800 people seeking protection as refugees, the third lowest figure in 15 years according to a new UN refugee agency report.

16th March 2010 - Iraqi refugees cautious about return after landmark election.

Early results from Iraq's national election, widely seen as a test of its democracy and a step towards stability after years of sectarian conflict, brought mixed reactions from Iraqi refugees still concerned about the situation back home.

11th March 2010 - UNHCR seeks US $20 million to help tens of thousands of Congolese refugees.

The UN refugee agency appealed on Tuesday for some US$20 million in funding to help it meet the needs of tens of thousands of civilians who have fled ethnic conflict in Democratic Republic of the Congo's Equateur province and sought shelter in neighbouring Republic of Congo.

4th March 2010 - Refugees watch Iraqi elections with doubts and hopes

Like many Iraqi refugees forced from their homeland by war and sectarian conflict, Murtada hopes parliamentary elections on March 7 will restore security to Iraq to facilitate the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis

25th February 2010 - UNHCR distributes vital aid to Haitian earthquake survivors and hosts.

UNHCR distributes non-food aid items to about 8,000 quake survivors and host families in a poverty stricken and underdeveloped border area of Haiti.

22 February 2010 - UNHCR's help for displaced Zimbabweans produces tangible results.

After waiting for hours outside a government registry office in the eastern Zimbabwe town of Mutare, Florence Nawengo had just been given a birth certificate, which will enable her to get an all-important national identity card.

10th February - UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie meets Haitian quake survivors.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie meets earthquake survivors and local and overseas aid workers after flying to Haiti to "listen and learn."