GENEVA / US SUPREME COURT

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today regretted the impact the US Supreme Court’s ruling will have on asylum seekers, reiterating that “any person fleeing violence or persecution must be able to access full and effective asylum procedures and international protection.” UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / US SUPREME COURT
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND


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1. Med shot, exterior, flag alley, Palais des Nations, United Nations Geneva
2. Med shot, Press room; journalists, podium speakers
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“We have taken note of the order from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing this policy to be implemented while challenges to it move forward in lower courts. We have stated our views on this policy clearly and publicly and may I remind you of our statement on 15 July, there was a press release on this matter. And we regret the impact that implementation will have on asylum-seekers. We reiterate that any person fleeing violence or persecution must be able to access full and effective asylum procedures and international protection. Our concern is with the people – families, unaccompanied children and other individuals – moving through Mexico today from Central America and elsewhere who are in urgent need of safe haven. It is imperative that those people be identified quickly and afforded the safety and assistance that they need and they deserve including the right to seek asylum. The Supreme Court does not address the substance of the policy in question. It was issued with specific reference to the proceedings that are in progress in lower courts and that will continue to move forward. We trust that the U.S. courts will make the final determination on the merit of the case that reflects consciousness of the protection risks involved.”
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STORYLINE:

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today regretted the impact the US Supreme Court’s ruling will have on asylum seekers, reiterating that “any person fleeing violence or persecution must be able to access full and effective asylum procedures and international protection.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (13 Sep), UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said, “we have taken note of the order from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing this policy to be implemented while challenges to it move forward in lower courts. We have stated our views on this policy clearly and publicly.”

Mahecic continued, “we regret the impact that implementation will have on asylum-seekers.”

He reiterated, “Our concern is with the people – families, unaccompanied children and other individuals – moving through Mexico today from Central America and elsewhere who are in urgent need of safe haven.”

The Spokesperson added, “it is imperative that those people be identified quickly and afforded the safety and assistance that they need and they deserve including the right to seek asylum. The Supreme Court does not address the substance of the policy in question. It was issued with specific reference to the proceedings that are in progress in lower courts and that will continue to move forward.”

Mahecic said, “we trust that the U.S. courts will make the final determination on the merit of the case that reflects consciousness of the protection risks involved.”
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