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Appeals & Funding
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec 26 (UNHCR) - A top-ranking justice official in Pakistan has called for a new approach to deal with refugee-related court cases in a country that hosts millions of refugees but lacks domestic legislation to protect their rights adequately.
IRAQ / KUWAIT - Kuwait Trains Basra Burn Medics - IOM has organized a training programme in Kuwait for four medical staff from the newly-rehabilitated Burns Unit of Basra General Hospital in Iraq.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency today took a first step towards opening dialogue between Afghanistan and its refugee students on scholarship in neighbouring Pakistan and Iran.
QUETTA, Pakistan, Dec 17 (AFP) - At least four children in a refugee camp in the southern Afghanistan border district of Spin Boldak have died from severe cold, an Afghan official said Wednesday.
"Four children between three to five (years) have died ...," Spin Boldak district commissioner Syed Fazaluddin Agha told an AFP reporter in the southwestern city of Quetta, citing lack of heating, warm clothing and aid for the deaths.
The region was hit by a severe cold snap with temperatures dropping as low as minus nine degrees Celsius (15.8 Fahrenheit).
ISLAMABAD, 12 December (IRIN) - Just over 10,000 Afghan refugees sheltered in a remote refugee camp in the Khyber Agency, about 70 km from Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), are to be offered a choice between repatriation and or relocation to another camp in Pakistan by March, according to an official of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) official.
Some $290 million would be needed next year to fund 300 mine action projects in 36 countries, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said at a Headquarters press briefing today.
KABUL, Dec 4 (AFP) - Security in Afghanistan needs to be improved before the repatriation of refugees from Pakistan can resume, officials from the two countries agreed at a meeting, a UN spokesman said on Thursday.
"All parties affirmed that improved security in Afghanistan is an absolute requirement for the resumption of returns and successful reintegration," Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters.
Government officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan met senior staff from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Dubai on Wednesday for a meeting …
LORALAI, Pakistan (UNHCR) - Almost unnoticed amid the efforts to repatriate Afghan refugees and care for the last wave to arrive in Pakistan, the UN refugee agency continues to watch over nearly a million other Afghan refugees who have been here for up to 24 years.
DUBAI, Dec 3 (UNHCR) - Government officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan meeting together with senior UNHCR staff today in the third tripartite meeting to discuss refugee repatriation said that security in Afghanistan is an absolute requirement for the resumption of returns and a successful repatriation.