UNHCR is a possible contender for the 2019 peace prize

UNHCR is a possible contender for the 2019 peace prize

UNHCR is a possible contender for the 2019 peace prize

Written by Staff Writer

09 Oct, 2019 | 3:56 pm

Reuters – The U.N. refugee agency is among the possible contenders for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – or UNHCR – was set up in 1950 and has already won the Noble Peace Prize twice – in 1954 and in 1981.

With its headquarters in Geneva, the UNHCR has played a major role in aiding and protecting the rights of migrants and refugees around the globe.

The agency has been particularly active in Yemen, where they have provided aid during a severe humanitarian crisis caused by fighting between government forces and northern rebels seeking autonomy.

The UNHCR has also responded to multiple refugee crises around the world in recent years, including the influx of Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar, the movement of people from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda, and people fleeing political and economic turmoil in Venezuela into Colombia and northeast Brazil.

The Nobel Peace Prize, worth 10 million Swedish crowns (1.4 million U.S. dollars), will be announced in Oslo on Friday, October 11 at 1100 a.m (0900GMT).

As usual, the prize will be presented on the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, December 10.

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