Vice President’s Conference on Central America and Administration’s Failure to Address Life and Death Protection Issues

Vice President’s Conference on Central America and Administration’s Failure to Address Life and Death Protection Issues

Refugees International welcomes the co-hosting of the second Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America. But in the context of a conference addressing security, it is appalling that the Administration’s public statements about the conference have not specifically addressed the critical need to protect the lives of women, men, and children being returned to Central America.

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Refugees International Raises Alarm on New UN Climate Change Report

Refugees International Raises Alarm on New UN Climate Change Report

Refugees International is deeply alarmed by the findings of a new scientific report concluding that absent immediate and ambitious action by governments climate change will have severe and irreversible real life impacts on hundreds of millions of people, especially those living in the poorest regions of the globe.

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At UNGA, President Trump Fails to Demonstrate U.S. Leadership on Global Humanitarian Assistance

At UNGA, President Trump Fails to Demonstrate U.S. Leadership on Global Humanitarian Assistance

Refugees International is deeply disappointed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s failure to credibly demonstrate U.S. leadership of global humanitarian assistance in his speech to the UN General Assembly. The president’s comments were concerning in at least five key areas. But ultimately, what we heard today was a fundamental misunderstanding of what leadership means.

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U.S. Findings of Mass Killings in Myanmar Must Lead to Action

U.S. Findings of Mass Killings in Myanmar Must Lead to Action

Refugees International welcomes the public release of the U.S. State Department’s report on its investigation into atrocities committed by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya minority. But the findings of the report must lead to actions necessary for holding the perpetrators of the violence responsible.

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RI Joins Civil Society Groups Calling for Explicit Reference to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in the GCR

RI Joins Civil Society Groups Calling for Explicit Reference to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in the GCR

At UNGA’s 73 session, RI endorses a joint civil society oral intervention that advocates for an explicit reference to sexual and reproductive health rights in the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).

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Refugees International Statement on U.S. FY 2019 Refugee Admissions Ceiling

Refugees International Statement on U.S. FY 2019 Refugee Admissions Ceiling

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement of a refugee ceiling of 30,000 is appalling, and it continues this administration’s rapid flight from the proud U.S. tradition of providing refuge to those fleeing persecution around the world.

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U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations Urge Trump Administration To Restore Funding for Programs for Vulnerable Palestinians

U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations Urge Trump Administration To Restore Funding for Programs for Vulnerable Palestinians

A group of U.S.-based humanitarian and development NGOs express deep concern over the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.

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Joint NGO Statement at 39th Session of the Human Rights Council

Joint NGO Statement at 39th Session of the Human Rights Council

The development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration comes from an acknowledgement that on every continent there are situations where migrants’ rights are violated and their humanity denied.

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Refugees International Warns of Impending Humanitarian Disaster in Syria’s Idlib Province

Refugees International Warns of Impending Humanitarian Disaster in Syria’s Idlib Province

Refugees International is deeply concerned by indications that the Assad regime and its international partners are preparing to launch a major military operation to capture Idlib province. An offensive in Idlib would likely result in a humanitarian catastrophe.

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In Memory of Ambassador Princeton Lyman 

In Memory of Ambassador Princeton Lyman 

Refugees International is saddened by the death of Ambassador Princeton Lyman. The United States – and the world – has lost someone who dedicated his life to peace, diplomacy, and to helping vulnerable communities around the world.

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Refugees International Welcomes New Myanmar Sanctions for Ethnic Cleansing

Refugees International Welcomes New Myanmar Sanctions for Ethnic Cleansing

Refugees International welcomes the announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department of new targeted sanctions on four Myanmar security officials and two military units directly involved in the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority. However, the new sanctions must be part of sustained efforts by the U.S. government at its highest levels in order to have real impact.

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RI Challenges FEMA Move to Pull Up Stakes in Puerto Rico While Island Still Struggles to Recover

RI Challenges FEMA Move to Pull Up Stakes in Puerto Rico While Island Still Struggles to Recover

Refugees International is deeply concerned that FEMA is prematurely winding down its disaster support for Puerto Rico as hurricane season gets underway.

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President Trump Must End Human Rights Abuses against Vulnerable Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Southern Border

President Trump Must End Human Rights Abuses against Vulnerable Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Southern Border

Upon return from a field mission to the border between the United States and Mexico, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz decried human rights abuses against highly vulnerable asylum seekers from the Northern Triangle of Central America.

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U.S. Senate Must Pass Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

U.S. Senate Must Pass Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Refugees International joined 61 organizations in signing a letter urging U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to lead in passing the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, H.R.3030.

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Victims’ Rights: Human Rights Abuses and the Persecution of Minorities in Northern Myanmar

Victims’ Rights: Human Rights Abuses and the Persecution of Minorities in Northern Myanmar

Senior Advocate for Human Rights Daniel P. Sullivan delivered testimony at a July 25, 2018, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on “Victims’ Rights in Burma,” regarding human rights abuses and the persecution of minorities in northern Myanmar, particularly in Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan States.

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National Security and Humanitarian Leaders Urge Secretary Pompeo Not to Eliminate State Department Refugee Office

National Security and Humanitarian Leaders Urge Secretary Pompeo Not to Eliminate State Department Refugee Office

Former government and humanitarian leaders write to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, urging him to reconsider, amid a decision on the reorganization of the U.S. Department of State, the elimination of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. The letter outlines and underscores the unique role the bureau plays in influencing U.S. foreign policy interests and leadership.

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RI Joins Civil Society Organizations in Applauding Final Negotiations on GCM

RI Joins Civil Society Organizations in Applauding Final Negotiations on GCM

RI joins with 44 other civil society groups to applaud the final round of negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) and highlight the strategic successes of the document.

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RI Joins 179 Civil Society Groups, Reflecting on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) in advance of the Final Round of Negotiations 

RI Joins 179 Civil Society Groups, Reflecting on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) in advance of the Final Round of Negotiations 

Refugees International joined 179 other organizations in support of the statement (below) written in advance of the sixth and final round of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) negotiation process. The statement outlines final observations, concerns, and recommendations for the GCM.

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RI Joins 45 Groups to Call on U.S. Government to Strengthen Targeted Sanctions on Myanmar

RI Joins 45 Groups to Call on U.S. Government to Strengthen Targeted Sanctions on Myanmar

Refugees International joined 45 other organizations in sending the following letter to Senator Inhofe (Acting Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee), Senator Reed (Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee), Representative Thornberry (Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee), and Representative Smith (Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee). The letter urges the U.S. government to strengthen targeted sanctions on Myanmar.

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A Message from RI President Eric Schwartz on Advocacy Efforts for Refugees and Displaced Persons in our Current Political Environment

A Message from RI President Eric Schwartz on Advocacy Efforts for Refugees and Displaced Persons in our Current Political Environment

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz reflects on the current political environment in the United States with respect to refugee issues and the implications for the work of humanitarian and refugee advocates.

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