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UNHCR to temporarily halt repatriation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has decided to suspend the repatriation process of Afghan refugees in Pakistan for around three months because of cold weather. According to a spokesperson of the UNHCR, the repatriation process will be halted from December 1 till February 28 next year due to drop in temperature and severe cold. He said all UNHCR centers in Pakistan and Afghanistan would remain closed during the winter. Registered Afghan refugees would not be given financial…

UNHCR lauds PM’s plan to grant refugees citizenship

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has hailed Prime Minister Imran Khan's pledge to grant citizenship to around 1.5 million Afghan refugees and Bengalis who were born in Pakistan. According to a spokesperson of the agency in Pakistan, the UNHCR welcomes the statement by the prime minister about granting citizenship to the Afghan children born in Pakistan. He said the UNHCR will continue to closely work with the government of Pakistan on these issues in the coming weeks. During his…

UNHRC report sheds light on Indian atrocities in occupied-Kashmir

LONDON: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Sahebzada Ahmed Khan has said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report has exposed Indian forces’ atrocities and gross violation of human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK). He stated this while addressing the representatives of Pakistani media working in the United Kingdom here at the Pakistan High Commission. A large number of British-Pakistani journalists representing both electronic and print media attended the event, reported…

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya Muslims, says UNHCR

DHAKA: The UN refugee agency called a Myanmar minister’s visit to Bangladesh to meet Muslim Rohingya refugees a confidence-building measure, but said conditions in Myanmar were not ready for their return. Myanmar Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye, who heads rehabilitation efforts in Myanmar’s troubled western Rakhine state, told about 50 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh on Wednesday that getting the repatriation process moving was top priority. But the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday…

Exodus of Rohingya to Bangladesh reaches 270,000: UNHCR

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: An estimated 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks, the UN refugee agency said on Friday, announcing a dramatic jump in numbers fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine State. A rights group said satellite images showed about 450 buildings had been burned down in a Myanmar border town largely inhabited by Rohingya, as part of what the Muslim minority refugees say is a concerted effort to expel them. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the…

Starbucks set to hire 2,500 refugees in Europe

NEW YORK: U.S. coffee chain Starbucks Corp said Tuesday it will hire 2,500 refugees in Europe as part of a wider worldwide hiring plan, months after the policy prompted a backlash from some customers. The world's largest coffee chain said it would hire the refugees at its European stores starting in eight countries over the next five years and had already started recruitment. The move is part of the Seattle-based company's plan, unveiled in January, to add 10,000 refugees in 75 countries to its workforce. The…

Repatriation of Afghan refugees to resume by April: UNHCR

PESHAWAR: Following suspension of the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan to their country for four months, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced the repatriation process to resume from April 3 this year, ARY News reported.  Each returnee will be granted $200 under individual assistance package by the United Nation’s refugee agency. Eleven thousand refugees have been registered so far in Khyber Pakthunkhwa who are opting to return to Afghanistan. Two repatriation centres have been…

UNHCR staffer receives death threats

ISLAMABAD: A female staffer of United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) stationed in Islamabad has received a letter of death threat, ARY News reported. According to details, an unknown person handed the letter to a security guard of the UNHCR office in the federal capital of Pakistan. The person who have wrote the letter have used threatening language against the UNHCR employee Mary Lucy and have threatened to kill her, sources said. An official of UNHCR Pakistan office Johann Siffointe has filed the…