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UNHCR Celebrates Biometric Registration of Over a Quarter of Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugees

UNHCR Celebrates Biometric Registration of Over a Quarter of Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugees

“And as the UNHCR has previously outlined, the biometric ID cards themselves can help refugees to access critical services, and can be used for resettlement and potential repatriation.” Well over a quarter million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have now been registered for biometric ID cards, the United Nations’ refugee agency has announced. It’s the latest…

UNHCR’s Biometric IDs Help Protect Refugees from Itself

UNHCR’s Biometric IDs Help Protect Refugees from Itself

The United Nations’ refugee agency has been vocal about the benefits of biometric identification for those in its charge for years, but recently the organization invoked this technology in its own defense. The UNHCR was responding to an extensive investigative report from NBC alleging widespread corruption at the refugee agency. Usually this involves bribery in…

UNHCR Official Calls Biometric IDs ‘a Big Milestone’ in Refugee Aid

UNHCR Official Calls Biometric IDs ‘a Big Milestone’ in Refugee Aid

After a high-level tour of refugee centers in Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is more convinced than ever of the importance of biometric IDs for helping displaced people. The visit was conducted by Volker Türk, the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the United Nations’ refugee agency, who visited Bangladesh to assess…

Integrated Biometrics Management Consultant Participates in UN Women’s Day Panel

Integrated Biometrics Management Consultant Participates in UN Women’s Day Panel

“Mobile biometrics can be the first step in unlocking opportunities for the previously unidentified in terms of financial services, healthcare, personal safety, and social programs.” – On Tim Tang, Management Consultant, Integrated Biometrics Integrated Biometrics management consultant On Tim Tang was invited to speak to the United Nations last week in celebration of International Women’s…

Distilled Identity and Emerge Unveil New Refugee Identity Technology

Distilled Identity and Emerge Unveil New Refugee Identity Technology

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repeatedly called for the adoption of biometric platforms that make it easier to manage refugee populations. Now, Distilled Identity and Emerge have forged a partnership to fulfill that request. The two companies have announced Homeward, a new platform that uses biometric data to create a self-sovereign…

UN Biometrics Intel Guide Workshops May Present Opportunities for Vendors

UN Biometrics Intel Guide Workshops May Present Opportunities for Vendors

With the “United Nations Compendium of Recommended Practices for the Responsible Use and Sharing of Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism” now officially published, the Biometrics Institute is preparing to spread the word. The organization helped to author the guide in collaboration with the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), with the aim of offering general guidelines to…

Facial Recognition, AI, Robotics Showcased at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

Facial Recognition, AI, Robotics Showcased at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

“The event also saw live demos of technologies including facial recognition, which is increasingly used by police around the world as a surveillance tool. “ The world’s biggest police organization is now officially delving into artificial intelligence and robotics. The technologies were on display at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation last week, during a…

Somali Gov’t Seeks Support for Biometric ID Program

Somali Gov’t Seeks Support for Biometric ID Program

The Somali government is aiming to build a biometric national ID program, and is looking to Pakistan and the World Bank for help. Dubbed the Somali National Identity Program, it’s actually envisioned as a program similar to Aadhaar, the biometric national ID program used by Pakistan’s arch-rival India. The program would enable citizens to access…

UN Launches Best Practices Guide for Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism

UN Launches Best Practices Guide for Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism

“It’s meant to help UN members cooperate with each other and police organizations like Interpol, which has been calling for the increased sharing of biometric intelligence – and recently raised alarm among civil rights advocates with its own voice identification system designed to trawl criminal databases and social media accounts.” The United Nations is taking…

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

“The collection of biometric data is a common practice for government authorities in Nigeria…” Nigeria’s federal government is using biometrics to monitor foreigners in the country. As AllAfrica reports, the revelation came by way of Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. AbdulRahman Danbazau at a panel discussion held during the opening of the International Press Institute…

In Uganda, UNHCR Launches Biggest Biometric Refugee Project Yet

In Uganda, UNHCR Launches Biggest Biometric Refugee Project Yet

Uganda has become the latest country to launch a biometric refugee identification program in collaboration with the UNHCR, the United Nations’ refugee agency. With additional assistance from the World Food Programme, government authorities will use fingerprint readers and iris scanners to scan the country’s 1.4 million refugees, many of whom have recently arrived from the…

BRIEF: How Biometric Tech is Helping Refugees

BRIEF: How Biometric Tech is Helping Refugees

It’s World Refugee Day, a time to bring focused attention to a complex issue that is increasingly in the news. According to the UNHCR, the UN agency most directly concerned with refugee issues, one in every 113 people in the world are refugees from war or political violence, with an estimated total of 65 million…

ID2020 Supporters Create Identity Solution Based on Blockchain, Biometrics

ID2020 Supporters Create Identity Solution Based on Blockchain, Biometrics

“Essentially, it’s meant to offer a means of identifying registered individuals by their biometric traits, without unnecessarily revealing other personal information, with trusted parties to the blockchain system assuring credibility.” ID2020 held its Platform for Change Summit at the United Nations today, with Accenture, Microsoft, and Avanade showcasing a new identity platform based on blockchain…

United Nations Official Calls on Nigeria to Centralize Biometrics Management

United Nations Official Calls on Nigeria to Centralize Biometrics Management

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed called on the Nigerian government to centralize its collection of citizens’ biometric data, reports News Agency of Nigeria. Mohammed raised the issue with Nigerian delegates at a session of the UN Commission on Population and Development in New York, telling them that the country has “a multiplicity of platforms…

UN’s Biometric Refugee ID Rollout Starts in Thailand

UN’s Biometric Refugee ID Rollout Starts in Thailand

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has completed its rollout of a biometric identification system for refugees in Thailand. The system has now provided identification for almost 110,000 refugees, including many from Myanmar. The project was undertaken with the cooperation of the Royal Thai Government as well as NGOs supporting the UNHCR, and…

UN Agency Selects Accenture for Refugee Biometrics Project

UN Agency Selects Accenture for Refugee Biometrics Project

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is moving forward with its plans to use biometric technology to identify and track refugees, and has selected a vendor for the project. Accenture, an international technology services provider, has won out in the competitive tendering process and will oversee the implementation of the technology in a…