July 27, 2015
| Tagged as: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Americas, Statelessness
The Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti share many things—a background of slavery, oppression, dictators, and the island of Hispaniola. Yet, in the DR, a history of racism and prejudice runs deep toward their Haitian neighbors who were often recruited for undesirable work in the DR’s sugarcane fields. In 1932, the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo massacred over 10,000 Haitian sugarcane workers in an attempt to ‘whiten’ the country. Still, Dominicans of Haitian descent have long roots in the DR, and contribute to the economy and society alongside their fellow citizens.
July 23, 2015
| Mark Yarnell
| Tagged as: Africa, Ethiopia - Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, U.S. Administration, Protection & Security
Earlier today, I was in touch with a Somali friend, Farah, who has been living as a refugee in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, for the past several years after he fled fighting in Somalia. I asked him what he thought about President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya this week. He said, “I am happy. I hope he talks about refugee rights.” He then said, “The talk of everyone in Nairobi is that the most powerful man on earth is coming to Kenya.”
July 22, 2015
| Jeff Crisp
For a long period of time – roughly from the late 1970s until the early 2000s – UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, reached an agreement with many developing countries whereby refugees were confined to camps. Refugees were unable to exercise freedom of movement and were also denied access to land, capital, and the labor market. Unable to establish livelihoods and become self-reliant, they had no choice but to depend on what became known as ‘care and maintenance’ assistance programs.
July 15, 2015
| Sarnata Reynolds
| Tagged as: Syria, Turkey, Middle East, Statelessness, Women & Children
Doctor Nazir’s pregnant wife arrived in Turkey with a one-year old and no documentation. They had fled the unbearable bombardment of their home town, Aleppo, while Dr. Nazir remained in Syria to work in an underground field hospital. Dr. Nazir had defected from the Syrian military in 2012, and was officially declared dead the same year. Because he no longer legally existed, Dr. Nazir was unable to register his 2013 marriage or the birth of his first child in Aleppo.
July 13, 2015
| Refugees International
The following is Ann Hollingsworth's testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on July 9, 2015.