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  • UNHCR Plan Anticipates 5,000 New Migrants Reaching Europe Each Day This Winter

    11/14/2015 9:14:44 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 11/14/2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    A plan by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for dealing with the European refugee crisis anticipates that as many as 5,000 Middle Eastern refugees and migrants could pass from Turkey into Europe each day over the next four months—with a total of 600,000 moving into Europe from November through February.
  • UN: Almost 220,000 migrants, a record, reached Europe by sea in October

    11/02/2015 8:52:19 AM PST · by amorphous · 28 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2 Nov 2015 | REUTERS
    GENEVA - A monthly record of 218,394 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea in October, up from 172,843 in September, Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, said on Monday. "That makes it the highest total for any month to date and roughly the same as the entire total for 2014," he said. The UNHCR puts 2014 arrivals by sea at about 219,000.
  • ALERT: 10,000 Syrian Immigrants Headed To THESE 180 US Cities [MAP]

    For the past several weeks it seemed as if Germany had truly become the promised land for Mideast asylum seekers, primarily those seeking to escape the Syrian civil (and global proxy) war, but according to various media reports, also a material number of "ISIS-linked terrorists." Then it all came crashing down earlier today when Germany's beloved by all refugees "Mutti" said genug, and with one decision shut down the border with Austria in the process unraveling decades of customs-union progress (following promptly by the Czech Republic doing the same, with Italy expected to follow suit in the hours ahead). Ironically,...
  • UN refugee agency expects 1.4 million to flee to Europe across Mediterranean

    10/01/2015 8:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The UN refugee agency expects at least 1.4 million refugees to flee to Europe across the Mediterranean this year and next, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday, a sharp rise from initial estimates of 850,000. "UNHCR is planning for up to 700,000 people seeking safety and international protection in Europe in 2015," reads the document, a revision to the agency's existing appeal for funds. "... It is possible that there could be even greater numbers of arrivals in 2016, however, planning is based for the moment on similar figures to 2015."(continued)
  • Richest refugee contractor says 8,000 Syrians not enough, wants 65,000 admitted to US

    09/03/2015 3:54:45 PM PDT · by robowombat · 29 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 3, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Richest refugee contractor says 8,000 Syrians not enough, wants 65,000 admitted to US Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 3, 2015 The International Rescue Committee (IRC) headed by a Brit—David Miliband the former British Foreign Secretary—restates its demand that Obama admit 65,000 mostly Muslim Syrians to the US ASAP. He also praises Germany, Iceland and Sweden for opening their nations to the hundreds of thousands of migrants swarming into Europe! David-Miliband-Hil_3425257b Hillary and David Miliband. She described him as cute! When he arrived in NYC to head up the IRC he was feted by George Soros, Bill Clinton and Samantha...
  • Slovakian Government Refuses to Cave to UN’s Demands to Take in Muslims

    08/22/2015 9:44:51 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 8/20/2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    Says They Will Only Take in Persecuted Christians The Slovakian government will now be accepting Christians who are persecuted by Muslims. The UN is telling Slovakia that they must, as well, take in Muslims, but Slovakia is firmly responding: 'We will only take Christians!' Interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said that Muslims would not feel at home in Slovakia because there are no mosques in the nation. He said: We could take 800 Muslims but we don't have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here? Babar Baloch, Central...
  • Kenya demands UN move massive refugee camp

    04/11/2015 4:36:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The Kenyan government has given the UN three months to relocate the world's largest refugee camp over the border to Somalia. Nairobi has vowed a tough response following the recent massacre by Somali jihadists. The United Nations Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya houses hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn Somalia, and authorities have in the past accused Islamists of hiding within the camp. "We have asked the UNHCR to relocate the refugees in three months, failure to which we shall relocate them ourselves," Deputy President William Ruto said in a statement on Saturday, adding that the government will secure...
  • Tel Aviv Mayor on Infiltrators: It'll End in Violence

    01/05/2014 1:39:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/14 | Gil Ronen
    Tel-Aviv Yafo's mayor, Ron Hulda'i, reacted Sunday to the demonstration by tens of thousands of infiltrators from Africa, who assembled at Rabin Square and demanded that the government allow them to stay in Israel and work legally. "The demonstration today is only the beginning of a process that unfortunately will only escalate,” he predicted, “and I regret to say that we will see violence in the streets.” Hulda'i accused the government of ignoring the difficulties that the infiltrators face, as well as the difficulties faced by residents who suffer from the immigrants. He demanded that a clear government policy be...
  • UNHCR Blasts Israel: They Are Refugees, Not Illegal Aliens

    01/05/2014 4:16:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 1/6/2014, 1:14 AM | Elad Benari
    The United Nations on Sunday night criticized Israel’s policy towards illegal immigrants, as thousands of them protested in Tel Aviv, demanding that Israel recognize them as refugees and grant them asylum. The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) released a statement in which it accused Israel of “sowing fear and chaos” among the illegal aliens who, it said, should be referred to as “asylum seekers” and not “infiltrators”. “We demand that the government examine the asylum requests of the foreigners, and stop the large-scale arrests in south Tel Aviv,” said the UN agency, adding that while it supported the...
  • UNHCR Blasts Israel: They Are Refugees, Not Illegal Aliens

    01/05/2014 4:43:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/1/14 | Elad Benari
    The United Nations on Sunday night criticized Israel’s policy towards illegal immigrants, as thousands of them protested in Tel Aviv, demanding that Israel recognize them as refugees and grant them asylum. The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) released a statement in which it accused Israel of “sowing fear and chaos” among the illegal aliens who, it said, should be referred to as “asylum seekers” and not “infiltrators”. “We demand that the government examine the asylum requests of the foreigners, and stop the large-scale arrests in south Tel Aviv,” said the UN agency, adding that while it supported the...
  • Central Africa: UN finds burnt, abandoned villages

    09/07/2013 7:23:38 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    New York, US - UN agencies on Friday expressed alarm at the increasing rate of human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR), following reports of burnt and abandoned villages, massive displacement, as well as looting and torture. PANA in New York reported that members of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), travelled last week to the town of Paoua, 500 kilometres north of the capital, Bangui. They found seven villages burnt to the ground and deserted and the eighth partially burnt with...
  • Cardinal Maradiaga backs Pope's call for greater protection of refugees

    07/11/2013 6:14:35 PM PDT · by haffast
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-07-09 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has released a statement backing Pope Francis’ call to welcome refugees as our brothers and sisters. Cardinal Maradiaga issued his statement on Monday 8 July, the day in which Pope Francis journeyed to the Island of Lampedusa, the landing point of tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe in hope of a better future. Please find below the full text of the statement issued by Caritas Internationalis: “The Pope’s visit to Lampedusa reminded us of the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Religious leaders and faith based...
  • Why are we importing jihad invaders? (Geller calls for immediate halt of immigration by Muslims)

    05/21/2013 9:46:00 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | May 21, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Snip: We have been importing jihadists for years now with Muslim immigration programs under the Refugee Resettlement program, diversity visas and religious visas. The Refugee Council USA says: “The U.S. has historically maintained a policy of admitting refugees of special humanitarian concern into the country.” Yet what that means in practice is very different from what most Americans would expect. It’s always a shock to people when they first find out how Refugee Resettlement works. Instead of giving refuge to the religious minorities that are persecuted, oppressed and subjugated under the Shariah, we are opening the floodgates to Islamic supremacists...
  • Angelina Jolie Opens All-Girls School in Afghanistan

    04/03/2013 5:34:48 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 55 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 2, 2013 | Suzy Byrne
    Angelina Jolie is doing it for the girls. The 37-year-old actress – and UNHCR Goodwill ambassador – has extended her generosity to a small village outside Kabul, Afghanistan, where she has opened an all-girls elementary school, she told E! News. The doors of the school are already open – there are 200 to 300 students enrolled – and the location was targeted not only because there is a high-refugee population, but it's also a place where the education of boys is valued higher than that of girls. Jolie – who has six children, including three daughters, with fiancé Brad Pitt...
  • Op-Ed: From the Hebrew Press: Refugee Fraud

    07/01/2012 2:50:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Maariv, in translation in Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/12 | Ben Dror Yemini
    The U.S. Senate recently passed a precedential decision regarding refugees, UNRWA and the Palestinian Arabs.... ..... This paradox is known to anyone who has eyes in his head. It has many causes. One is the strange definition of an UNRWA refugee as those who: “... were in the territory of Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948 and lost both their homes and livelihoods as a result of the Arab- Israeli conflict.” But over time their descendants also came into the framework, and strangely enough, and contrary to the definition, those who were not needy in the first place, and...
  • Op-Ed: The Poor Palestinians

    02/13/2012 2:25:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/12 | Ted Belman
    The Arab League has instructed its members to deny citizenship to Palestinian Arab refugees (or their descendants) “to... protect their right to return to their homeland”. Read how they are treated by their brothers.
  • Muslim Refugees, Yes – Christian Refugees, No Atlas Shrugs

    12/04/2011 6:04:01 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 26 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | Pamela Geller
    Christians are in imminent danger across the world, and yet they are being refused refugee status, while Muslim refugee immigration goes on unimpeded. U.S. policy regarding refugee resettlement would shock most Americans if they only knew. The United Nations picks who gets to come to the U.S. as a refugee. The mandate of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to determine which of the world's huddled masses comes to the U.S. as humanitarian refugees. And predictably, this U.N. body is favoring Muslims. Christians from Muslim lands are being refused refugee status. This is occurring despite the fact that...
  • "UNRWA - Connected to Hamas and Bad for the Refugees"

    08/01/2011 10:25:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/8/11 | Yoni Kempinski
    Researchers at the Center for Near East Policy Research have produced a new documentary film entitled “Palestinian Refugee Policy: From Despair to Hope.” The film shows just how deeply Hamas has penetrated UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency), the UN agency specializing in providing aid to PA Arabs. The film does this by using school posters and interviews with UNRWA teachers to highlight how the ideal of killing Israelis—rather than working for peace—has come to dominate a UN agency. “The system of indoctrination in the Palestinian schools and summer camps run by UNRWA is contrasted with what goes on...
  • PPVR survey launched for registered Afghan refugees in 25 dists: UNHCR

    07/28/2011 11:40:10 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies
    www.allvoices.com ^ | 29 July 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    PESHAWAR: 29 July 2011 , The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched Population Profiling Verification and Response (PPVR) survey for registered Afghan refugees in 25 districts of Pakistan of these 13 are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6 in Balochistan, 4 in Punjab, 1 in Sindh and 1 in Islamabad. The survey called PPVR is designed to identify the needs of Afghans in Pakistan by collecting data on their social and economic conditions. The PPVR data provides the first-ever comprehensive glimpse into Afghan lives and homes that is based on what Afghans have reported. The data reveals many of...
  • UNRWA and UNHCR: From hopelessness to hope

    07/28/2011 5:09:37 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/27/2011 | ADI RABINOVITCH AND NOAM BEDEIN
    UNRWA could use its resources to create a better future instead of relegating the descendants of the 1948 war to another generation in limbo. Talkbacks (7) There are 1.6 million people in the Gaza Strip, most of them in UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency) “refugee” camps. With support from more than 35 major Western democracies, UNRWA could be dealing with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from a strictly humanitarian point of view, and not as a political organization that maintains refugees in “temporary”camps for 63 years under the promise of return to villages from 1948 that no longer...
  • Lords of Chaos: The Kremlin’s Arms Merchants

    10/31/2009 7:34:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 691+ views
    tna ^ | 09.03.09 | Patrick Krey
    “There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That’s one firearm for every 12 people on the planet. The only question is: how do we arm the other 11?” said the gun-running protagonist in the 2005 Nicolas Cage film Lord of War.  The filmmakers based that character in part on real-life weapons dealer Viktor Bout, a former Soviet officer turned arms merchant on the black market. But was he just a businessman seeking a quick profit, or is there more to the story? The New American has previously reported on Bout’s ties to Russian intelligence, as well as his...
  • Dictatorships Leave Millions Homeless

    06/18/2009 9:30:21 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 18, 2009 | Emily Kanyi
    Dictatorships Leave Millions Homeless by: Emily Kanyi, June 18, 2009 Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has termed the drop in the number of refugees under the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) mandate as an “illusion.” According to a recent annual 2008 report released by the UN Refugee Agency on June 16, 2009, the global refugee statistics represent a drop of about 700,000 refugees from 2007. However, there are concerns that a surge of displacements in 2009 not reflected in the report have already offset the decline. “The numbers are growing again. In 2009, we...
  • EU ready to accept 10,000 Iraqis

    11/28/2008 10:31:14 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 437+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 Nov 2008 | BBC
    The European Union says it is ready to accept up to 10,000 Iraqi refugees, many of whom are living in extreme hardship in Jordan and Syria. The agreement came at an EU meeting in Brussels on Thursday, where interior ministers received a new report on conditions at refugee camps. Germany said it would take in about 2,500 of the refugees. Priority will be given to those with medical needs, torture victims, single mothers and religious minorities. The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, welcomed the EU pledge as a "positive step", saying it had been pressing the EU for 18 months...
  • UNHCR urges South Africa to halt Zimbabwean deportations

    07/11/2008 6:51:04 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 3 replies · 101+ views
    reuters ^ | 7/11/8
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency urged South Africa on Friday to stop mass deportations of Zimbabwean migrants, since some of those deported may be asylum seekers who have fled violence and political persecution at home. South Africa has deported some 17,000 Zimbabweans in the last 40 days alone through the main border crossing at Beit Bridge, despite the UNHCR's appeal in late May, the agency said. "Our concern is that with these refugees who are fleeing political violence and upheaval in Zimbabwe, they could be at risk of being sent back to danger if they are caught up...
  • More Iraqi refugees resettled in U.S., but number is still small

    06/05/2008 2:00:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 228+ views
    CNS ^ | June 5, 2008 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- More than 1,000 refugees from Iraq arrived in the United States in May, the most in recent months, bringing the fiscal-year total to 4,742 so far, the State Department reported June 3. But with just four months left in the fiscal year, the administration's objective of resettling 12,000 Iraqis in the U.S. by October is far from being reached, said Anastasia Brown, director of refugee programs for Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She added that even that goal is an inadequate fraction of the estimated 4.9 million Iraqis who have been...
  • Surge in violence displaces thousands in Sri Lanka's Mannar district

    09/08/2007 5:51:28 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 240+ views
    UNHCR ^ | September 08, 2007 | Rana Ghayyour
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, September 7 (UNHCR) – More than 3,000 people have fled their homes in north-west Sri Lanka's disputed Mannar district to escape fresh fighting between government troops and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over the past week. The Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services, citing local government officials in Mannar, said 3,109 people had moved from southern parts of Mannar to Nanattan division in the north of the district. Slightly more than half were staying with friends or family. The rest – 435 families – are being accommodated in two schools and a damaged...
  • UNHCR mourns great tenor Luciano Pavarotti

    09/08/2007 5:48:41 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 1 replies · 476+ views
    UNHCR ^ | September 08, 2007 | Rana Ghayyour
    ROME, Italy, September 7 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has issued a statement mourning the death of Luciano Pavarotti, a staunch supporter of the refugee cause and of UNHCR's work around the world. In a statement, UNHCR said it was "deeply saddened" by the death early Thursday of the celebrated Italian tenor, who was 71. Tributes have been pouring in from around the world. "Nature equipped him with one of the most individual, unmistakable and beautiful voices there has been," noted Britain's The Guardian newspaper. Pavarotti also used his immense talent to help others. "A United Nations Messenger of...
  • Tens of thousands of Congolese seek shelter in Uganda border town

    09/08/2007 5:44:06 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 6 replies · 392+ views
    UNHCR ^ | September 08, 2007 | Rana Ghayyour
    KAMPALA, Uganda, September 7 (UNHCR) – Some 25,000 to 35,000 Congolese refugees have been sheltering at night in the Ugandan border town of Bunagana to escape fighting in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). During the day, most of the men have been crossing back into the DRC to check on their properties, leaving behind 12,000-15,000 women and children. Nearly all of them are staying with Congolese relatives and friends living in Bunagana, located in western Uganda's Kisoro province. According to Ugandan authorities, most of the Congolese said they preferred to stay close to the border and...
  • Caption Angelina Jolie in Iraq and Syria

    08/29/2007 4:22:02 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 28 replies · 697+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 8/28/07 | staff
    "Angelina Jolie talks to a wheelchair-bound woman, one of some 1,300 trapped at the makeshift Al Waleed refugee camp inside Iraq, unable to leave the country for neighboring Syria August 28, 2007 in this photo supplied by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.""UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador U.S. actress Angelina Jolie (C) talks with Red Crescent volunteers taking care of refugee children while their parents wait to register as refugees at a UNHCR registration center in Damascus, Syria in this picture taken August 27, 2007 and released by the UNHCR on August 28. Jolie is on a two-day visit to Iraq...
  • Angelina Jolie Goes to Iraq

    08/28/2007 10:44:28 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 88 replies · 2,983+ views
    People ^ | 8-28-07
    Angelina Jolie is in Iraq to witness firsthand the humanitarian crisis there, the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR has announced. The actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, 32, flew from New York to Syria on Monday. In Damascus, she visited a UNHCR registration center and spend hours talking to Iraqi refugees in their homes. Tuesday's journey took her to Iraq to meet with 1,200 refugees camped out in a makeshift outpost at the border, because they are unable to leave the country. She also witnessed dozens of Iraqis crossing into Syria. "I have come to Syria and Iraq to help draw...
  • Liberian War Refugees in Israel: U.N. says Time to Go "Home"

    02/09/2007 2:15:25 AM PST · by Jerry Reynolds · 3 replies · 483+ views
    Peace and Freedom Blog ^ | February 9, 2007 | John E. Carey
    It seems sometimes that there is violence between Christians and Muslims in almost every corner of the world. Sadly, Civil Wars, tribal feuding and other strife creates migrations and refugees seeking safety and freedom. In Israel, ninety refugees from war torn Liberia that have been living in safety there for seventeen years are being told by the United nations that they must return to their African home. These people truly stand out in Israel: they are Muslims, refugees, Liberians and Black Africans of the Mandingo tribe. War torn Liberia has suffered through more than 15 years of Civil War since...
  • UN Commissioner refuses to meet [Israeli] captives' families

    11/21/2006 2:25:15 PM PST · by anotherview · 24 replies · 878+ views
    Yediot Ahranot ^ | 21 November 2006 | Ahiya Raved
    UN Commissioner refuses to meet captives' families UN high commissioner on human rights announces she will not meet with families of three kidnapped soldiers during Israel visit. Eldad Regev's brother: 'Decision not to meet families should set off red lights of UN stance behind resolution', Ahiya Raved Published: 11.21.06, 23:22 Arbour in Sderot Photo: ReutersThe UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Louise Arbour has decided not to meet with the families of the kidnapped soldiers during her visit to Israel . The families of Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Shalit have approached the commissioner two weeks ago already, but...
  • Tibetan nun shot dead; other Tibetans feared killed on way to Nepal

    10/05/2006 4:08:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 467+ views
    International Campaign for Tibet ^ | October 5, 2006 | International Campaign for Tibet
    A Tibetan nun in her mid twenties was shot dead by Chinese border patrols and at least one other Tibetan may have been killed while on their way into exile in Nepal on the Nangpa pass five days ago, according to eyewitness reports. Tibetans traveling with the nun were unable to bring her body, with evident wounds from several rounds of bullets, with them because they feared arrest before entering Nepalese territory. There are reports that up to seven more Tibetans may have been killed after the group was fired upon by Chinese armed personnel, but these could not be...
  • Thai police raid nabs 169 North Koreans [Crammed in 10 bedroom house]

    08/22/2006 12:38:22 PM PDT · by bwteim · 31 replies · 711+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:47 PM ET | No author
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Tuesday they had detained 169 North Koreans in a raid on a house in a Bangkok suburb after neighbors became suspicious of the number of people in it. "This is the biggest single arrest of North Koreans" in Thailand, Police Major General Pramoj Pathumwong told Reuters. The North Koreans, mostly women and children, had entered Thailand illegally and were staying in the house with 16 compatriots who had travel documents from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, police said. The 16 had been due to leave on Tuesday night for South Korea,...
  • U.N. rights body condemns Israel for war

    08/12/2006 2:20:35 AM PDT · by familyop · 30 replies · 898+ views
    Associated Press by way of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 11AUG06 | Eliane Engeler and Alexander G. Higgins
    GENEVA -- The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday condemned Israel for "massive bombardment of Lebanese civilian populations" and other "systematic" human rights violations, and decided to send a commission to investigate. European countries, Japan and Canada voted against the resolution, primarily because it lacked balance in failing to name the Hezbollah militia. The United States, which is an observer, has no vote on the 47-member council. Israeli Ambassador Itzhak Levanon said the discussions were one-sided, referring only to civilian losses in Lebanon while ignoring the deadly Hezbollah missile attacks on northern Israel. "It is painful and regrettable that the...
  • World refugee system under threat, warns UN

    04/19/2006 7:44:50 PM PDT · by voletti · 2 replies · 209+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | 4/19/06 | AFP
    * Says intolerance, terrorism fears and tighter asylum controls undermining international safeguards for refugees LONDON: Intolerance, terrorism fears and tighter asylum controls are undermining the international system for dealing with refugees, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday. There was widespread confusion over migrants and refugees and the world was falling short of meeting the needs of millions of internally displaced people, said the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The refugee system has reached a critical juncture, the UNHCR said as it launched its new assessment, “The State of the World’s Refugees: Human Displacement in the...
  • OIC envoys assured of steps against blasphemy

    03/11/2006 12:41:21 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 309+ views
    DAWN.com ^ | March 11, 2006 | Qudssia Akhlaque
    ISLAMABAD, March 10: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has assured OIC ambassadors in Geneva that her Office was taking necessary steps to combat defamation of religions, create a culture of tolerance, explore and elaborate legal framework for respect of religions as well as freedom of expression to address the situation created by the publication of blasphemous cartoons. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louis Arbour held out the assurance to a delegation of 14 Muslim envoys who met her this week to express Islamic world’s deep concerns on publication of defamatory caricatures in Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten...
  • We Need To Start Over With The UN

    02/22/2006 3:42:14 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 5 replies · 344+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 2/22/06 | Purple Mountains
    As a moderate-right conservative, it distresses me to reach this conclusion, because I have always thought that having a place where the peoples of the world could meet and talk would always be a good idea, no matter what. However, the obstructionism, the inefficiency, the anti-Semitism, the arrogance and the incredible waste of resources are one thing, but the scandals involving rape and child molestation and oil-for-food bribes are quite another. As more and more information dribbles out, it has become clearer and clearer that these scandals involve the highest levels of UN leadership, and are widespread and so deeply...
  • UN 'Shocked' By Violence In Cairo

    12/30/2005 4:22:37 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 1,265+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-30-2005
    UN 'shocked' by violence in Cairo Police surrounded the migrants, who included women and children The UN refugee agency has expressed "shock" after up to 20 Sudanese migrants died during an operation by Egyptian police to break up their camp. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said there was no justification for the violence. Thousands of police stormed the camp - which was set up near UN offices in September - wielding truncheons and firing water cannon at the protesters. Several children were reported to be among the dead. The migrants had been demanding that the UNHCR move...
  • Police Kill 10 Sudanese Protestors in Cairo

    12/30/2005 9:26:05 AM PST · by djsunzi · 4 replies · 320+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 30 December 2005 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian police turned water cannons on Sudanese war refugees and beat them with sticks Friday, brutally clearing out a squatters camp in a city park. At least 10 people were killed, the government said. Hundreds of Sudanese have been living in the park since September to protest the U.N. refugee agency's refusal to consider them for refugee status. They want to be resettled in a third country, such as the United States or Britain, rather than go home after a peace deal ended the 21-year-long civil war in Sudan. In Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations High...
  • Diplomats Concerned About Killing of Iranian Pastor

    12/06/2005 9:43:53 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 8 replies · 422+ views
    Iran va Jahan ^ | Tuesday, December 06, 2005 | Stefan J. Bos
    TEHRAN, IRAN -- Western diplomats in the Iranian capital Tehran expressed concern Tuesday, December 6, about reports of growing persecution of Christians in Iran, including the murder of a Protestant house church pastor. "There is consternation," after 50-year old Pastor Ghorban Tori was reportedly stabbed to death November 22, a diplomatic source linked to the Dutch embassy in Tehran told BosNewsLife. It came as new details emerged Tuesday, December 6, surrounding the circumstances of the murder of Tori, a former Muslim whose bleeding body was dropped in front of his home a few hours after the knife attack, BosNewsLife monitored....
  • U.N. concerned about new EU asylum rules

    12/03/2005 12:08:10 AM PST · by ncountylee · 3 replies · 470+ views
    UPI ^ | 12/3/2005
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The U.N. refugee agency says a new European Union policy on asylum could lead to violations of international law. The 25 EU member countries adopted the directive this week without discussion. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is especially concerned about a change that allows EU countries to turn asylum seekers back to "safe third countries" without any hearing. "This could have wider implications, eroding international standards of refugee protection far beyond the EU," UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva. The directive was aimed at harmonizing laws between the member nations....
  • U.N. Experts to Train N. Korean Lawyers(to better observe treaties)

    11/11/2005 5:11:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 377+ views
    AP ^ | 11/12/05 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    U.N. Experts to Train N. Korean Lawyers By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer 39 minutes ago Two U.N. legal experts are heading to North Korea next week to conduct a training session for lawyers to help improve their understanding of U.N. treaties, refugees and stateless people. "It's the first time that a legal delegation has been invited purely to talk law," Palitha Kohona, chief of the Treaty Section in the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs, said in an interview Friday. Kohona and Christoph Bierwith from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees are leaving for Beijing on...
  • U.N. employee to file retaliation claims (against Lubbers and Kofi)

    10/19/2005 5:02:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 618+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/19/05 | Nick Wadhams - ap
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A United Nations employee whose sexual harassment claims led former refugee chief Ruud Lubbers to resign now alleges that she was the target of retaliation, and plans to sue him and Secretary-General Kofi Annan, she said Wednesday. Cynthia Brzak, 52, said she hopes her case against Annan and Lubbers, the former prime minister of the Netherlands, will set a precedent example for whistleblowers in the U.N. who believe its internal justice system doesn't protect them against punishment. "My goal is that I don't think anyone in the world is above the law," Brzak said in an...
  • Rwandan Hutus 'forced back home'

    06/13/2005 10:16:04 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 1 replies · 191+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/13/05 | n/a
    Monday, 13 June, 2005, 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK Rwandan Hutus 'forced back home' Several thousand Rwandan Hutus are being forced home from Burundi against their will, the United Nations fears. They have fled into Burundi since April saying they face persecution by village courts over the 1994 genocide. The UN refugee agency has protested to Burundi. It has been told 3,700 have already been sent back with the remaining 1,700 going on Monday. UNHCR staff say they have been kept out of Songore camp, but have seen lorries taking the refugees away. UN peacekeepers in the area were also told...
  • Open Letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee

    06/05/2005 7:46:01 AM PDT · by LwinAungSoe · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Campaign for Democracy in Burma (Finland) | 5 June 2005 | Campaign Committee
    Open Letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee Date: 3.5.2005 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee Case Postale 2500 CH-1211 Geneva 2 Depot Suisse Subject: Request for regaining of losing status and safety of life for POCs (person of concerned) at UNHCR Around 8:45 P.M on 27 April 2005 a group of drunken Thai militias who are guarding our Ban Don Yang refugee camp threatened Mr. Khin Mg Win (NI-50280) with gun at his temporary shelter inside the camp and fired three shots without reason. Khin Mg Win was a member of ABFSU (All Burma Federation of Student Unions)...
  • UNHCR: Commission adopts six resolutions and two decisions on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    04/19/2005 3:20:15 PM PDT · by LwinAungSoe · 167+ views
    OHCHR ^ | 18 April 2005
    SAW HLA HENRY, of Worldview International Foundation, said Burma's economy was a mess. It was regarded by the international community as a human rights disaster zone and an economic embarrassment. The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had been forced to leave their homes and had not been able to return and reintegrate was currently estimated to be at least 526,000 people. More than half the internally displaced households were forced to work without compensation, and cash or property were extorted from them. These and other human rights abuses were widespread. The Commission had an excellent opportunity to...
  • Thailand criticised over refugee plan

    03/29/2005 4:21:42 AM PST · by ZayYa · 196+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 29, 2005
    A New York-based human rights group accused Thailand of cosying up to military-ruled Myanmar by forcing 3,000 refugees to move from Bangkok to overcrowded camps along the border or face deportation. "The forced relocation of Burmese refugees to camps is a clear attempt to improve relations with the military junta in Rangoon," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement released shortly before a March 31 deadline to register all refugees. The Thai government has said that any refugee from the former Burma who did not come forward by this time was liable to be arrested and sent back to...
  • UN to pull out of tsunami zone

    03/24/2005 8:12:53 AM PST · by Pikamax · 4 replies · 381+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/24/05 | Reuters
    UN to pull out of tsunami zone By Dan Eaton in Jakarta March 24, 2005 From: Reuters THE United Nations refugee agency, under Indonesian government pressure, will pull out of tsunami-ravaged Aceh province tomorrow, three months ahead of schedule, a top agency official said. Robert Ashe, regional representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said today the agency had planned to stay in Aceh for six months, and some $US33 million ($42.82 million) in unused funds would either be refunded to donors or transferred to other agencies. "Clearly it's their country, it's their people, and they have...
  • U.S. May End Up Scrutinized at UN Human Rights Meet (BARF Alert!)

    03/14/2005 9:27:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 650+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/14/05 | Richard Waddington
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States, usually a finger-pointer on human rights, could end up in the dock itself over reports of torture and abuse in its war on terror when the United Nations (news - web sites) begins a worldwide scrutiny this week. Activists, such as the New York-based Human Rights Watch, are urging members of the Commission on Human Rights to condemn Washington for mistreatment of prisoners detained abroad. If any such move emerges during the commission's annual session, which starts on Monday, the United States will be in a similar position to Cuba, Iran (news - web...