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The Emerging Independence of the UNHCR Under Auguste Lindt

Gil Loescher

in The UNHCR and World Politics

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246915
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599781 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246912.003.0004
 The Emerging Independence of the UNHCR Under Auguste Lindt

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Two political events at the centre of world politics in the mid‐ to late‐1950s—the Hungarian Revolution and the subsequent intervention by the USSR and the Algerian War of National Independence against France—transformed the UNHCR. The roles played by the second UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Auguste Lindt, in both refugee crises resulted in fundamental changes in UNHCR's orientation and its international reputation. The crises in Hungary and Algeria constituted a bridgehead leading to future institutional growth and autonomy for the UNHCR. The UNHCR also expanded into the developing world through programmes assisting refugees from The Peoples Republic of China in Hong Kong and Tibetan refugees.

Keywords: Algerian War of Independence; China; France; Hong Kong; Hungarian Revolution; Auguste Lindt; refugees; Tibet; UNHCR; USSR

Chapter.  10798 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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