Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

As Iraq becomes safer, preparation begins for refugee returns

In the past six months security in Iraq has improved, creating the basic conditions necessary for the potential return of refugees, BBC News reported on February 16.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Iraqi government are planning an assessment of the security situation. In December, the UNHCR had deemed the area, “not yet conducive to large-scale return.” Antonio Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told the BBC that additional staff would be added to the agency’s Baghdad office.

“To promote returns one needs to be sure that there is security, that they can return in safety, but also that there are conditions for a successful integration in society.” Guterres said.

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