Using the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention as its major tool, UNHCR's core mandate is to ensure the international protection of 31.7 million uprooted people worldwide. It promotes the basic human rights of refugees and that they will not be returned involuntarily to a country where they face persecution. It helps them to repatriate to their homeland when conditions permit, integrate into states of asylum or resettle in third countries. UNHCR promotes international refugee agreements, helps states establish asylum structures and acts as an international watchdog over refugee issues.
An alternative for those who cannot go home, made possible by UNHCR and governments.
- Report of the 21 June 1995 inter-sessional meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Whole on International Protection
- Current UNHCR activities on behalf of stateless persons
- Information note on the follow-up of the recommendations of the OAU/UNHCR symposium on refugees and forced population displacements in Africa
- Information note on UNHCR's activities for refugee law promotion, dissemination and training
- Draft report of the 21 June 1995 inter-sessional meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Whole on International Protection
- Guidelines on International Protection No. 10: Claims to Refugee Status related to Military Service within the context of Article 1A (2) of the 1951 Convention and/or the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. 3 December 2013
- UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection No. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity
- UNHCR Detention Guidelines