Bureau of Refugee Services
International Organizations

 

United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees

www.unhcr.ch

UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organization, is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems.  UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.  UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, and to return home voluntarily.

 

International Committee of The Red Cross (ICRC)

www.icrc.org

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.  It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict.  It also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.  Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

 

International Organization For Migration

www.iom.int

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.  As an intergovernmental body, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

  • Assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration;
  • Advance understanding of migration issues;
  • Encourage social and economic development through migration;
  • Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

 

International Council Of Voluntary Agencies

www.icva.ch

The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), founded in 1962, is a global network of human rights, humanitarian, and development Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), which focuses its information exchange and advocacy efforts primarily on humanitarian affairs and refugee issues.

 

Amnesty International

www.amnesty.org

Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.  In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and "disappearances"; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups.

 

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