NGO Letter on El Niño and La Niña

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. 

NGO Letter Opposing Lifting of US Sanctions on Burma

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.[1] 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.

U.S. human rights leadership and outcome document for UN High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

We are writing to express our concern however that the United States is urging revisions to language in the draft outcome document for the September 19, 2016 High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants, currently under negotiation at the United Nations, that are aimed at undermining or would in effect undermine international human rights legal protections for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, including children.

Refugees International statement in advance of the July 20 pledging conference in support of Iraq

We acknowledge and deeply appreciate the U.S. government’s leadership on the humanitarian response in Iraq.  This assistance has saved lives and made a genuine difference in IDPs’ well-being. Nonetheless, a larger group of concerned international donors must get involved in humanitarian assistance to Iraq in order to address the situation more effectively.

Expert Statement on Internally Displaced Persons

We, a group of experts, met at Georgetown University on June 9, 2016 to discuss progress since August 2015, when we last met, in improving responses to the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs).* We gathered as the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre disclosed its latest data on the number of IDPs worldwide. These data show that 2015 was a significant year for internal displacement: there were 19.2 million new cases of internal displacement from natural hazards and over 8 million new cases due to conflict.

Declaración experta sobre desplazados internos

Nosotros, un grupo de expertos, nos reunimos en la Universidad de Georgetown el 9 de junio para discutir nuestros avances desde el 9 de agosto de 2015, la última vez que nos reunimos, con el fin de mejorar las reacciones a los desplazados internos. Convocamos esta reunión cuando el Centro de Monitoreo de Desplazamiento Interno viene de publicar sus últimos datos sobre el número de desplazados al nivel mundial. 

InterAction El Niño Letter To OMB

As development and humanitarian organizations working in every region of the world, we are aware of how El Niño has impacted the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Our response must be two-fold; first, we must quickly put into motion the delivery of food, water, nutrition and health services for those acutely effected, and second, we must be ready to help people become more resilient to this kind of shock by building community capacity to withstand it. 

InterAction El Niño letter to USAID

As development and humanitarian organizations working in every region of the world, we are aware of how El Niño has impacted the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Our response must be two-fold; first, we must quickly put into motion the delivery of food, water, nutrition and health services for those acutely effected, and second, we must be ready to help people become more resilient to this kind of shock by building community capacity to withstand it. 

Joint international NGO statement: Air drops call is welcome, sieges must end now

As humanitarian and human rights organisations working to alleviate the plight of civilians affected by the crisis in Syria, we welcome efforts by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to pressure the Syrian government and non-state armed actors to lift the sieges across the country and ensure that civilians have unhindered access to humanitarian aid.

Statement on the Situation in South Sudan

We, the undersigned organizations, continue to be alarmed by the drastic humanitarian situation in South Sudan, with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network reporting increasing death rates and a deepening humanitarian catastrophe. While the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity may be an important step, its first actions must be to end the fighting that continues and to provide immediate unimpeded humanitarian access throughout the country to alleviate the suffering of the South Sudanese people. Progress on these issues should be a key test of the new government in determining whether the international community should provide financial support in the coming months. 

World leaders in London must deliver transformational new deal for Syrian refugees and host countries

World leaders in London this week for a high-level conference on Syria must commit to an ambitious and transformational new multi-billion dollar deal for Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them in the region, a global coalition of more than ninety humanitarian and human rights groups said today.

Northern Triangle Temporary Protected Status National Letter

The undersigned 275 civil rights, labor rights, faith-based, immigrant, human rights, humanitarian, and legal service organizations respectfully request that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Secretary of State, designate El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (an area known as the “Northern Triangle”) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). These three countries warrant TPS designation in light of the dramatically escalating violence that has precipitated a humanitarian crisis of refugees fleeing the Northern Triangle countries.

An appeal to end the suffering in Syria

More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians. The appeal also outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.