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Recent speeches by UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Volker Türk discuss human rights, the New York Declaration, and the need for a "culture of prevention"

Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR, has recently given two speeches that merit attention.

Türk’s March 3 keynote address to the Fourth Humanitarian Congress in Vienna includes important language criticizing “externalization” policies that undercut international responsibility-sharing: 333 more words

UNHCR

‘Mosul parents sedate children, fearing discovery by Daesh’

By Thomson Reuters Foundation – Mar 23,2017 – JORDAN TIMES

Iraqi civilians flee the city of Mosul as Iraqi forces advance in their massive operation to retake Iraq’s second city from Daesh extremists on Wednesday (AFP photo) 420 more words

Asia

Roadmap for drafting the Global Compact on Refugees released: A look at the CRRF

Alex Aleinikoff

UNHCR has released a “non-paper” on its plan for drafting the Global Compact on Refugees.

Last year’s New York Declaration charged UNHCR with presenting a draft Compact for consideration by the General Assembly in 2018. 240 more words

POLICY AND CONCEPTS

Access to safe, clean water for Refugees in  Bangladesh camps.

“In some camps there are latrines in front of their dwellings upon the mazes of long bamboo sheds. They are choked with the blackest rancid bubbly mixture of everything nasty that you can possibly imagine from excrement to dead animals. 1,057 more words

The Status of Refugees in Malaysia

Photo credits: AP, taken from Al-Jazeera’s article published on the 12th of February 2014, “Malaysia’s stranded Syrian refugees”

Written by Janice Ooi

When the Malaysian government… 1,270 more words

Writings

Jordan hosts 657,000 registered Syrian refugees

By Mohammad Ghazal – Mar 21,2017 – JORDAN TIMES

In this recent photo, Syrian refugees are seen at Azraq Camp, around 100km from Amman, in the eastern desert (Photo by Amjad Ghsoun) 404 more words

The Muslim Times