UNHCR Media page
Protection at Sea

1. Press Releases:

2. Opening Remarks by the High Commissioner:

3. Joint Statement by UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR:

4. Background:

    - Indian Ocean

  • 5 December 2014: More people risk lives across Indian Ocean despite abuse, deterrence - [English] - [French]
  • 22 August 2014: UNHCR: Over 20,000 people risked lives in Indian Ocean in first half of 2014 - [English] - [French]
  • 10 June 2014: UNHCR concerned about growing abuse as more people sail from Bay of Bengal - [English] - [French]
  • 10 January 2014: UNHCR seeking details on reports of boats forced back from Australia - [English] - [French]
  • 5 November 2013: UNHCR deplores loss of life in boat tragedy off Myanmar - [English] - [French]
  • 15 March 2013: UNHCR concern at reports of shooting involving Rohingya boat people - [English] - [French]
  • 22 February 2013: UNHCR calls for urgent action to prevent Rohingya boat tragedies - [English] - [French]
  • 11 January 2013: More people flee western Myanmar by sea, as desperation grows - [English] - [French]
  • 22 June 2012: Boat tragedies on Lake Malawi, off Indonesia underscore risks for migrants, asylum seekers - [English] - [French]
  • 4 November 2011: UNHCR deplores loss of life off Indonesia - [English] - [French]

    - Mediterranean Sea

  • 17 October 2014: UNHCR concerned over ending of rescue operation in the Mediterranean – [English] - [French]
  • 26 August 2014: Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead – [English] - [French]
  • 5 August 2014: Concern mounts for refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya – [English] - [French]
  • 8 July 2014: Latest boat tragedy off Libya adds to rising death toll in Mediterranean – [English] - [French]
  • 8 July 2014: Latest tragedy off Libya adds to death toll in Mediterranean - [English] - [French]
  • 5 July 2013: Mediterranean crossings to Italy and Malta exceed 8000 in first six months of 2013 – [English] - [French]
  • 13 May 2014: UNHCR dismayed at rising deaths from boat accidents in Mediterranean – [English] - [French]
  • 31 January 2012: Mediterranean takes record as most deadly stretch of water for refugees and migrants in 2011 – [English] - [French]

    - Gulf of Aden

  • 17 October 2014: 2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen – [English] - [French]
  • 16 September 2014: Over 100,000 people displaced in Somalia so far this year as IDPs bear brunt of food insecurity crisis – [English] - [French]
  • 11 March 2014: Boat tragedy involving refugees and migrants in the Gulf of Aden – [English] - [French]
  • 10 February 2012: Somalis perish in new boat disaster in Gulf of Aden – [English] - [French]
  • 20 January 2012: Record number of African refugees and migrants cross the Gulf of Aden in 2011 – [English] - [French]
  • 20 May 2008: Yemen: Conference on Gulf of Aden crossings – [English] - [French]

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8. Spokespersons:

For further information, please contact:

Geneva (GMT + 1)

  • Adrian Edwards, Head of News & Spokesperson, +41 79 557 9120
    edwards@unhcr.org
  • Babar Baloch Communications Officer (Asia & Americas), +41 79 557 9106
    baloch@unhcr.org
  • Melissa Fleming, Head of Communications & Spokesperson for High Commissioner Guterres, +41 79 557 9122
    fleming@unhcr.org
  • Karin de Gruijl, Senior Communications Officer (East, Central Africa), + 41 79 255 9123
    degruijl@unhcr.org
  • Francis Markus, Senior Communications Officer (North Africa / Horn of Africa), +41 79 301 1966
    markus@unhcr.org
  • Ariane Rummery, Senior Communications Officer (Syria / Iraq), +41 79 200 7617
    rummery@unhcr.org

Mediterranean (GMT + 1 except for Athens which is GMT+2)

  • Carlotta Sami, Southern Europe Spokesperson (Rome), +39 335 679 4746
    sami@unhcr.org
  • Maria Jesus-Vega, Spain Spokesperson (Madrid), +34 670 661 263
    vegam@unhcr.org
  • Ketty Kehayioylou, Greece Spokesperson (Athens), +30 694 02 77 485
    kehayioy@unhcr.org

Horn of Africa/Gulf (GMT + 3)

Caribbean (GMT – 5)

  • Brian Hansford, North America Spokesperson (Washington DC), + 1 202 999 8253
    hansford@unhcr.org

Southeast Asia/Bay of Bengal (GMT + 7)

  • Vivian Tan, Asia-Pacific Spokesperson (Bangkok), +66 81 827 0280
    tanv@unhcr.org

Contact details for all UNHCR spokespersons are available online at: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49e6e9c42e.html

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