QUNO works with UNHCR on a range of refugee protection issues, in particular relating to conscientious objection to military service and to those fleeing conflict or violence.
Recent Timeline Events
Our new, May 2015 edition of QUNO Review is now available for download below. The publication provides a brief introduction to QUNO and our way of working, as well as an overview of each of our programme areas. Learn more about our past year of our work and see where we are headed in 2015.
- QUNO_2015_low res.pdf 1.56 MB
Related Areas of Work
- Children of Prisoners
- Women in Prison
- Inclusion of Local Perspectives
- Reconciliation & Dialogue
- Role of Emerging Powers
- Armed Violence and Development
- High Level Policy Engagement
- Natural Resources, Conflict and Cooperation
- Peace and Development
- Small Arms Control and Disarmament
- Climate Change and the International Negotiations
- Climate Change and Migration
- Agricultural Trade and Investment
- Intellectual Property and Agriculture
- Conscientious Objection to Military Service
- Rights of Indigenous People
Our Geneva office is now hiring a Programme Assistant for September 2015 to August 2016. This is an opportunity for a person in sympathy with Quaker approaches and with an interest in international affairs and in international organizations. You would experience a range of international work, while working primarily as an assistant to QUNO’s Representative for Human Rights and Refugees in her work, which focuses on children of incarcerated parents (including children of parents sentenced to death), conscientious objection to military service and refugee protection.
For more information, visit our PA page and download the complete job description and application form below. The deadline for applications is 30 March.
Related Areas of Work
In February, Rachel Brett who has been Representative, Human Rights and Refugees (HRR) at QUNO Geneva since 1993 announced her plan to retire. After an international selection process, Laurel Townhead has been appointed to this position from 18 August; we extend a warm welcome to Laurel. Laurel obtained her Master's degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex in 2003. She has experience, among other issues, of work on women in prison, children of prisoners, conscientious objection to military service and support to asylum seekers. She was at QUNO Geneva as HRR Programme Assistant and Project Assistant in 2005-7 and comes to us now from her position as Policy & Campaigns Manager at the UK NGO Women in Prison that she has held since 2008. Laurel has been an attender of Peckham Quaker Meeting in London for several years.
Rachel will continue to work with us part-time as Adviser, HRR during a significant transition period. Her outstanding work has improved the lives of many, changed attitudes, built understanding and led to new international agreements. Rachel has worked on the needs of child soldiers, women prisoners, conscientious objectors to military service, stateless people, and children of parents sentenced to death.