UNHCR is a shortcut for '(Office of the )United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees'.

In the maritime context, the UNHCR is responsible for providing protection and assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons, and other persons of concern who are in need of international protection. Here are some examples of how the UNHCR is involved in the maritime context:

  1. Search and rescue: The UNHCR works with governments, NGOs, and other partners to coordinate search and rescue efforts for refugees and migrants who are at risk of drowning or other dangers while crossing the sea.

  2. Protection at sea: The UNHCR works to ensure that refugees and migrants who are intercepted at sea or rescued from boats are treated in accordance with international law and provided with adequate protection and assistance.

  3. Assistance upon arrival: The UNHCR provides assistance to refugees and migrants upon their arrival in a new country, including providing shelter, food, and other basic necessities.

  4. Advocacy: The UNHCR advocates for the rights and protection of refugees and migrants in the maritime context, calling on governments and other stakeholders to uphold their obligations under international law.

  5. Capacity building: The UNHCR provides training and capacity building to governments and other stakeholders to strengthen their ability to protect and assist refugees and migrants in the maritime context.

In addition to these examples, the UNHCR is also involved in a range of other activities related to the protection and assistance of refugees and other persons of concern, both in the maritime context and in other settings. These include legal and policy advocacy, humanitarian assistance, and refugee resettlement programs.


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