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Liberia Protected Ivorian, Other Refugees…Says US Rights Report

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MONROVIA: The 2022 Human Rights report on Liberia released by the United States Department of State has revealed that the government of Liberia cooperated with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations in providing protection and assistance to refugees, returning refugees, or asylum seekers, as well as other persons of concern.

The report said the law provides for the granting of asylum or refugee status, and the Liberian government has established a system for providing protection to refugees.

According to the report, the government provided a prima facie mode of recognition for refugees from Cote d’Ivoire, granting automatic refugee status without a formal hearing to those who fled because of 2011 postelection violence, but complied with a UNHCR recommendation to end refugee status for Ivoirians effective June 30.

The 2022 Human Rights report released by the United States Department of State indicated that, most Ivoirian refugees voluntarily departed, but some opted for local integration.

The report pointed out that, durable solutions assisted in the voluntary return of refugees and voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees took place with support from UNHCR, which also provided aid to refugees who opted for local integration.

The report stressed that, the government assisted these efforts by offering long-term residency and inclusion in the government benefit system.

Torching on Temporary Protection, the report noted that, the government of Liberia provided temporary protection to individuals who may not qualify as refugees.

The report stated that, Asylum seekers who presented themselves to UNHCR and the Refugee Repatriation Resettlement Commission were provided temporary protection while their cases were being adjudicated.

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