UNHCR

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

 

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Established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is mandated to:

  • Lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide (1951 Convention- 1967 Protocol)
  • Prevent statelessness from occurring, to resolve those cases that do occur and to protect the rights of stateless persons. (1954-1961 Conventions)

 

UNHCR Kosovo*, through the UNSCR 1244 (1999), also performs a specific mandate to assure the “safe and unimpeded return of all refugees and displaced persons to their homes in Kosovo”.

UNHCR IN KOSOVO

The Office of Chief of Mission in Kosovo helps the authorities to implement durable solutions, mainly local integration for refugees and internally displaced persons, and sustainable reintegration for returnees, while supporting voluntary returns, and participate in human rights monitoring of minority returnees.

UNHCR’s presence in Kosovo* began in 1992 assisting refugees seeking protection and humanitarian aid. In the wake of the 1998-99 conflict, UNHCR’s mandate was broadened to assist internally displaced persons and returnees.

UNHCR operates in all municipalities of Kosovo with more than 40 staff members.

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION

UNHCR Kosovo assists refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees by providing legal aid, advocacy and monitoring. Durable solutions are also sought for the protracted situations of refugees from Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia.

RETURN

UNHCR supports the authorities in coordinating all return-related activities, while ensuring international protection standards are met through human rights monitoring, participatory assessment exercises and outreach activities.

CAPACITY BUILDING

UNHCR Kosovo supports the development of the legislative and administrative framework in the areas of asylum, civil documentation and reintegration as well as strengthens the capacity of the central and municipal authorities to develop and implement a protection framework that meets international and regional human rights standards.

 

*References to the authorities and laws in Kosovo should be construed within the context of the UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)

  

More on UNHCR: www.unhcr.org

UNHCR Office of the Chief of Mission in Pristina St. Radovan Zogovic 5, Peyton

10000 Pristina

Tel. +381 (0) 38 241 509

Mr. Shpend Halili

halilis@unhcr.org