Iranian Refugees Action Network

By Dr Gill Gillespie

Ateech+AldosariThis article concerns what happens to refugees and their families when support from the UNHCR breaks down. The UNHCR is supposed to be the bough which supports refugees to keep them safe while their cases are being processed, but does it really do this, and what are the barriers it faces? The article is also a follow-up to Walton K Martin’s 2011 publication in The American Thinker, which asked ‘The Islamic Republic of Iran is Holding Hostages in Iraq. Does Anybody Care?

The definition of a refugee, according to the UNHCR Conventions of 1951/1967 is:
“Someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion”

The duty of the UNHCR is to ensure non-discrimination, non-penalization and, most importantly of…

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