Category: Refugees

Stop violence at European borders and protect refugees – UNHCR

UN PhotoThe UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warns of increasing violence and human rights violations at European borders.  21 February 2022 Migrants and Refugees UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged on Monday for greater protection for refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe.   He said in a statement that violence, ill-treatment, and pushbacks continue to be regularly reported at […]

Inaction has been fatal, says UNHCR, as dozens of Rohingya refugees perish at sea

IOM/Mohammed In August-September 2017, widespread violence forced over 700,000 Rohingya to flee their homes in Myanmar for safety in Bangladesh.     Dozens of Rohingya refugees are believed to have died in the Andaman sea after spending more than 200 days afloat, owing to a “collective unwillingness” of countries to take them in, the UN refugee agency […]

‘Urgent need’ to scale up search and rescue in the Mediterranean

UNHCR/Alfredo D’Amato An overloaded boat of refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe, as seen from the deck of an Italian Coastguard ship, in the Mediterranean Sea. (file photo)   UN agencies have called for search and rescue to be stepped up in the central Mediterranean, in the wake of a tragic shipwreck that claimed the […]

Children caught in conflict facing ‘brutality and fear while the world watches’

© UNICEF/Helene Sandbu RyengOn 26 May 2020 in Juba, South Sudan, children released from armed forces are seated on the ground while negotiations for their reintegration take place.  Boys and girls used and abused in armed conflict have had their childhoods replaced by “pain, brutality and fear while the world watches”, the UN Special Representative of the […]

Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed

© UNHCRRohingya refugees use a handwashing station, installed to help combat the spread of COVID-19 at a settlement in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.    After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to […]