Aviation Sans Frontières eases air journey for refugees from Bhutan

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PARIS, France, July 22 (UNHCR) – The France-based Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) charity is assisting in one of the biggest resettlement programmes in the world, but its staff will not be piloting repatriation flights but joining them as passengers. (read more)
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Sierra Leoneans to lose refugee status Jan 1 - UNHCR

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Sierra Leoneans who fled their country's 1990s civil war will lose their refugee status next January 1, a U.N. official said on Monday. (read more)
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MAURITANIA: Bumps along the road to refugee resettlement

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NOUAKCHOTT, 21 July 2008 (IRIN) - The return of over 4,000 Mauritanian refugees who have been living in exile in Senegal for almost two decades has been smooth on the whole, but in some cases tensions are arising as refugees complain about their new living conditions and come up against difficulties in reclaiming their land.
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Spanish TV presenter Jesús Vázquez appointed Goodwill Ambassador

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NEW YORK, United States, July 21 (UNHCR) – Popular Spanish television presenter Jesús Vázquez has been appointed as the UN refugee agency's newest Goodwill Ambassador during a ceremony in New York. (read more)
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Thailand condemned for kicking out refugees

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THAILAND, Jul 20 2008: New York-based Human Rights Watch yesterday blasted Thailand for forcing 52 Karen refugees to return to a conflict zone in Burma on Asarnha Bucha Day. (read more)
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Vietnam refugees protest in Cambodian capital

PHNOM PENH, July 18 (Reuters) - Ethnic minority asylum seekers protested in the Cambodian capital on Friday against the forced return of their friends and relatives to neighbouring Vietnam. (read more)
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UNHCR chief meets top EU officials; calls for a "Europe of Asylum"

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BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 16 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres stressed the importance of UNHCR's partnership with the European Union (EU) during a visit to Brussels on Wednesday.
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UNHCR-backed programme helps women victims of war in South Kivu

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UVIRA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, July 17 (UNHCR) – In a culture that marginalizes rape victims, Generose felt isolated socially, economically and psychologically from the society that failed to offer support in her need. (read more)
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UNHCR needs more funds to help Southern Sudan refugees go home

SUDAN, Jul 17: We issued a press release concerning the US $11.9 million shortfall in funding for the Southern Sudan repatriation and reintegration operation which could undermine efforts to repatriate refugees who wish to go home in the second half of this year. (read more)
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Success and challenges as UNHCR tackles neglected health issues

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GENEVA, July 16 (UNHCR) – When António Guterres visited refugee camps soon after becoming UNHCR High Commissioner in 2005, he discovered what many staff on the ground already knew: in too many places the agency was not devoting sufficient resources to protect the health of refugees. (read more)
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Egypt planning on deporting Darfur refugees: rebels

July 16, 2008 (PARIS) — A rebel group accused Egypt of planning to sanction Darfur refugees who try to cross to Israel by persecuting them or handing them over to Sudanese authorities exposing them to great risks. (read more)
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Laos, Thailand Crisis: Forced Repatriation of Hmong Refugees Concerns Human Rights Watch

Washington,D.C., July 16, 2008 - Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) and other human rights organizations and advocates have issued statements of concern about the Thai government’s recent forced repatriation of hundreds of Hmong refugees from Thailand back to the regime in Laos that they fled.  Additionally, hundreds more Hmong refugees in Thailand and Laos, including 13 refugee camp leaders from Ban Huay Nam Khao, in Petchabun Province, Thailand, have disappeared in recent weeks. ( read more )
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UNHCR Boss Stresses Cessation for Refugees

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GAMBIA, Africa, Jul 16: The Head of Mission at the UNHCR has again stressed that cessation is an international instrument that enables a refugee to cease being a refugee. ( read more )
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UNHCR helps Central Europe tackle sexual and gender-based violence

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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, July 3 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency's efforts to protect women and children refugees from violence throughout Central Europe came a step closer recently when Slovenia agreed to include refugees and asylum seekers in prevention and response mechanisms for those at risk. ( read more )

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UN urges South Africa to halt deportation of Zimbabweans

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ZIMBABWE, SOUTH AFRICA 11 July 2008 – The United Nations refugee agency has called on South Africa to stop deporting Zimbabweans, noting that an increasing number of them are arriving as a result of political violence in their homeland. ( read more)

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Report highlights humanitarian concerns in Colombia's Putumayo region

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia, July 14 (UNHCR) – Forced displacement remains a major problem in southern Colombia's volatile Putumayo department, according to a report by six local and international non-governmental organizations. But the UN refugee agency says continuing opposition to the violence gives some room for hope in the border region.
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Kenyan refugees now face hunger in Uganda


UGANDA: Kenyan refugees in Uganda face hunger after running out of food rations.The victims, who fled their homes during the post-election violence, are appealing for more food supplies. ( read more )
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UNHCR helps Afghan villagers to improve irrigation system

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AMBARKHANA, Afghanistan, July 9 (UNHCR) – The food basket of eastern Afghanistan is filling up slowly but surely as returnees and water projects turn abandoned marshland back into fertile farmland. ( read more )

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UNHCR interviews 179 Eritrean asylum seekers detained in Egypt

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CAIRO, Egypt, July 2 (UNHCR) – Staff from the UN refugee agency have completed interviewing 179 detained Eritrean and Ethiopian asylum seekers in the southern Egypt town of Aswan to assess their claims for refugee status. ( read more )
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On an island awash in music, a refugee adds his voice

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KINGSTON, Jamaica July 2 (UNHCR) – Jamaica is renowned for its music and the chance to study at a visual and performing arts college in the island nation's capital, Kingston, has been a lifeline back to normality for one West African refugee. ( read more)
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