What should I do if I am stopped or arrested by the police?

If you are stopped / arrested by the police, you should:

  • Calmly cooperate with the police and try and find out the reason for your arrest.
  • Show the police your UNHCR Identification card or UNHCR case number and ask the police to call the nearest UNHCR Office to confirm your status
  • Inform UNHCR and your friends or family of your arrest as soon as possible.

When you call the UNHCR Hotline and inform your friends or family, remember to provide them with:

  • your UNHCR case number
  • place of arrest – which police station
  • the contact of Investigating Officer (if possible)

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