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.
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...
UNHCR presents Kenyaâ€™s Nubians: Then & Now, the first London exhibition for photographer Greg Constantine. Combining rare, historical photographs of the Nubian community with Constantineâ€™s recent work on the communityâ€™s struggle for recognition, the exhibition aims to tell the story of this little-known community who, as one Nubian elder described is, â€œbeing squeezed into extinctionâ€. 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.
In a speech at Oxford University, UN High Commissioner for Refugees AntÃ³nio 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.
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.
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) presents â€˜Living Silenceâ€™, a photographic exhibition of one of the worldâ€™s most enduring refugee crises, by award-winning photographer Saiful Huq Omi.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie meets earthquake survivors and local and overseas aid workers after flying to Haiti to "listen and learn."