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Pakistan needs laws to better protect refugees, says Chief Justice

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.
On Wednesday, the Chief Justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court, Sheikh Riaz Ahmed, opened a two-day workshop on international mechanisms for the protection of human rights of refugees, women and children. Fifty judicial officers attended the event organised by the UN refugee
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IOM press briefing notes 19 Dec 2003: Iraq

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.
The initiative, under the auspices of IOM's Medical Evacuation and Health Rehabilitation Program for Iraq (MEHRPI), is in close cooperation with the Kuwaiti authorities and the Saud Al-Babtain Center for Burns and Plastic Surgery at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Kuwait City.

The group, which consists of 2 surgeons and 2 nurses, works in the Burns Unit of Basra General Hospital, which

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Afghanistan needs educated refugee youth, urges leader at UNHCR workshop

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.
On Thursday, UNHCR held a one-day workshop in Islamabad for Afghan refugee students receiving a German-funded scholarship under the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) to discuss problems they face studying in different professional institutions in Pakistan.

The event was attended by Rehmatullah Mussa Ghazi, Minister Counsellor of the Afghan Embassy in Pakistan; Tahiana

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Four Afghan refugee children die of severe cold in southern Afghanistan

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).

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Pakistan: UNHCR to move Afghan refugees from camp by March

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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.
"The decision to either repatriate or relocate the people in Shalman Camp has been under discussion for several
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IOM press briefing notes 5 Dec 2003: Afghanistan & Pakistan, Colombia

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Spokesperson: Christopher Lom

AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN - DG Meets Government Leaders - IOM Director General Brunson McKinley has made visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan this week.

At the invitation of the Government of Pakistan, the Director General paid a 3-day official visit to Islamabad from 1-3 December, where he met President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, as well as ministers and senior officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Labour, Interior and Women's Development.

The discussions reflected the important

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Afghanistan, Pakistan agree security vital for return of refugees: UN

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

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Press briefing by Department of Peacekeeping Operations on mine action

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.
Briefing correspondents on the launch of the report 'Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2004', he said the projects would be aimed not only at removing landmines, but also at protecting people, assisting victims, and helping countries remove remaining stockpiles. The compilation of the report, by governments as well as the United Nations
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Security vital for repatriation, say Afghan, Pakistani officials

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.
The parties were meeting in the United Arab Emirates two weeks after the death of Bettina Goislard, a UN refugee agency field worker killed by pro-Taliban assailants in Ghazni, eastern Afghanistan.

The murder of Goislard, following a string

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Lone UNHCR officer watches over 34,000 Afghan refugees

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.
The low profile does not affect Aurangzaib Khan as he pursues his formidable task as the only field officer for UNHCR in four refugee camps in the remote north of Pakistan's arid and thinly-populated Balochistan province.

"It's very easy for me," said

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UNHCR's Operation in Afghanistan: Donor Update 3 Dec 2003

Recent Developments
On 16 November, UNHCR staff-member Bettina Goislard was brutally murdered in Ghazni, southeastern Afghanistan. She was buried, at her request, in Kabul, following a small private funeral attended by family and friends. On 21 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a memorial service in Kabul, at which the Assistant High Commissioner condemned the murder, recalling that "twelve aid workers ... have been killed in Afghanistan in terrorist attacks" in 2003 alone, while thousands of civilians had been abused by commanders. He said he feared