We write to you in advance of the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) urging you to provide details on the progress your country has made on meeting its political, financial and institutional commitments made at last year’s High Level Review of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000)
Refugees International (RI) is deeply concerned about the deaths reported in recent attacks on border guard stations and in subsequent security searches in Maungdaw district in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
While today’s Nobel Peace Prize announcement importantly acknowledges Colombia’s considerable efforts to end its 50-year civil war, the future of the agreement and more importantly, the future of the Colombian people is now in question.
Refugees International welcomes the choice of António Guterres as the next United Nations Secretary General. Not only is Guterres a strong leader with the necessary political acumen to guide the United Nations forward, he also possesses deep knowledge of the many humanitarian challenges facing the international community today.
Despite the joy felt when a young Syrian girl was pulled from Aleppo’s rubble on Friday, the images from the besieged city have been shocking this week – even by the standards of Syria’s horrific war. For the past several days, the internet has been filled with ghastly images of dust-laden corpses left half-buried in the remains of bombed-out buildings. Syrian civilians continue to be killed in the latest round of bombardment by Russian and Syrian forces.
Refugees International applauds President Barack Obama’s leadership in hosting the September 20th Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. For the more than 21 million refugees worldwide on which this summit will focus, this Summit comes at an urgent and critical time
In light of the current global displacement crisis, the largest witnessed since World War II, Refugees International welcomes the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, a high-level plenary meeting of the U.N. General Assembly
We are writing to thank you for hosting the upcoming 23 September 2016 high level event responding to the impacts of El Niño and mitigating recurring climate risks. Like you, we are alarmed by the weak international response to the El Niño crisis to date, especially given early warnings. We are also concerned that more than a year after warnings of an El Niño, there is a resource gap of $3.4 billion to respond in East and Southern Africa, Asia Pacific, and Central America.
We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our concern regarding the recent report by Human Rights Watch that reveals that the U.S. government “plans to announce the lifting of key sanctions during Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Washington, DC,” beginning on September 13. Despite the marked democratic progress and peacebuilding activities that have taken place in Burma since last November’s election—which we applaud—there remain a number of pressing issues threatening the stability of the country and its most vulnerable people. These issues are deeply concerning as they include the severest of human rights abuses, and progress on these dire matters should be required to lift further sanctions.
The US Congress- and the Appropriations Committees in particular- have been critical in the United States’ constant commitment to assist those suffering overseas. We write today to ask you to continue leading the global community by appropriating sufficient funds in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017) to respond to the time of extraordinary humanitarian need.