Statement at UNHCR’s 2003 Executive Committee
Keywords:UNHCR, Global South, refugee protection, host countries, safe havens
AbstractOn September 29, 2003, at the 54th session of UNHCR’s Executive Committee, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers convened a panel discussion entitled “Implemention of UNHCR 2004.” The process dubbed “UNHCR 2004” followed closely on the heels of UNHCR’s Global Consultations on International Protection and was intended to focus more closely on UNHCR’s position within the United Nations system and its relationship with states and non-governmental partners. One of the participants in this panel discussion was the Honourable Omar Ramadhan Mapuri, Minister for Home Affairs of the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanzania hosts more refugees than any other African country. More than half a million refugees, mostly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, live in UNHCR camps in the west of the country. Minister Mapuri’s statement, reproduced below with his permission, reflects many of the frustrations of refugee-hosting countries in the developing world.
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