DRC Humanitarian Conference: Urgent Action Needed for Affected Congolese Civilians

DRC Humanitarian Conference: Urgent Action Needed for Affected Congolese Civilians

On Friday, April 13, 2018, international donors will gather in Geneva on Friday for a Humanitarian Conference on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The conference is a crucial opportunity to focus global attention on the estimated 13.1 million Congolese citizens who are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and protection. In this statement, Refugees International urges urgent action to establish humanitarian assistance for the affected Congolese civilians.

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RI Urged Senate Committee to Ensure Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo Address Key Concerns Before Confirmation Vote

RI Urged Senate Committee to Ensure Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo Address Key Concerns Before Confirmation Vote

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold the nomination hearing for Secretary of State nominee Michael Pompeo. In advance of that hearing, Refugees International sent a letter to Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Ranking Member Robert Menendez urging that they and other Members of the Committee ensure that the nominee address critical concerns regarding the nominees views and approaches to refugee policies.

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On the Cancellation of the Israel-UNHCR Agreement for Vulnerable Eritreans and Sudanese

On the Cancellation of the Israel-UNHCR Agreement for Vulnerable Eritreans and Sudanese

In this statement, Refugees International expresses its dismay at the sudden announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the April 2 agreement between Israel and UNHCR regarding Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers. RI welcomed the agreement which would have allowed refugee resettlement opportunities in Western countries for more than 16,000 African asylum seekers and would have provided temporary status inside Israel for another 16,000 within this vulnerable population. 

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CEO Pledge on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment

CEO Pledge on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment

More than 110 CEOs of nongovernmental organizations announced a pledge today that commits to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment of NGO staff and the communities they serve. The pledge represents a public commitment to practices and policies that will not only protect the staff of the participating organizations but also the communities they serve. 

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A Chance to End the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen

A Chance to End the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen

As President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman tomorrow, Refugees International calls upon the president to press for an end to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.  In the absence of Saudi Arabia taking swift and concrete measures to protect and assist Yemeni civilians, President Trump should make clear that the United States will not continue to support a war that endangers the lives of millions.   

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The War in Syria: Marking a Grim Anniversary

The War in Syria: Marking a Grim Anniversary

Last week, the war in Syria marked a gruesome anniversary, with the nature and scope of the humanitarian tragedy continuing to defy description. The past year witnessed the deaths of tens of thousands of Syrians. The regime in Damascus and its allies continued to strike hospitals and other civilian targets. The war crimes now continue in the siege of Eastern Ghouta. In this statement, Refugees International calls on the United States and international community to take immediate action to end this years-old crisis.

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Somalia’s Current Security and Stability Status

Somalia’s Current Security and Stability Status

On March 14, 2018, RI Senior Advocate Mark Yarnell testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on "Somalia’s Current Security and Stability Status."  Hosted by the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, the hearing examined the security and humanitarian conditions in Somalia following the near famine in 2017. 

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Secretary Tillerson Should Promote Safety and Rights of Displaced People During his Trip to Sub-Saharan Africa

Secretary Tillerson Should Promote Safety and Rights of Displaced People During his Trip to Sub-Saharan Africa

As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on a multi-nation trip to sub-Saharan Africa, Refugees International delivered a letter to the secretary urging the Trump administration to use this critical opportunity to reaffirm U.S. humanitarian support, while advocating for policies that promote the safety, dignity, and rights of refugees and displaced populations in the sub-Saharan region.  In the letter, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz underlines the urgent challenges in Nigeria and Kenya in particular, stating that swift action is needed by the U.S. administration to address ongoing humanitarian and displacement crises in those nations. 

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Letter to Secretary Tillerson on the State Department's Annual Human Rights Report

Letter to Secretary Tillerson on the State Department's Annual Human Rights Report

We are writing to you as human rights, health, and development organizations to raise our deep concern about news that the State Department’s annual Human Rights Report will no longer highlight the full range of abuses and human rights violations experienced most especially by women, girls, LGBTQI people, and other marginalized peoples around the world. According to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, officials “will sharpen the focus of the report on abuses of internationally recognized human rights and the most egregious issues.”

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RI Condemns Assad Regime Violation of UN Ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta

RI Condemns Assad Regime Violation of UN Ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta

Refugees International condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack over the weekend on Eastern Ghouta by the Assad regime in direct contravention of Saturday’s unanimous UN Security Council resolution 2401 calling for an immediate nationwide ceasefire. That attack coupled ground forces with air bombardment, reportedly including the use of chemical weapons.

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RI Welcomes the Senate Committee Passage of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act

RI Welcomes the Senate Committee Passage of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act

Refugees International welcomes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of S.2060, the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act.  This bipartisan legislation is a critical step forward in demanding accountability for the ethnic cleansing that has taken place in Burma (also known as  Myanmar).  

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Letter on U.S. Funding Cuts to the UN Relief Agency for Palestinians

Letter on U.S. Funding Cuts to the UN Relief Agency for Palestinians

The leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The letter was sent to United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

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The Bangladesh-Myanmar Agreement on Rohingya Repatriation

The Bangladesh-Myanmar Agreement on Rohingya Repatriation

With the news that Myanmar and Bangladesh have reached an agreement on the return of the 600,000 Rohingya, Refugees International underlines several significant concerns about the terms of repatriation. Before any steps are undertaken, a number of safeguards must be put in place.

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We Must Reject the President's Recent Comments on Immigration and Nationality

We Must Reject the President's Recent Comments on Immigration and Nationality

Refugees International President Eric Schwarz reacts to recent comments reliably attributed to the President of the United States, in which the President suggested that country of nationality, in and of itself, should impact eligibility for immigration to the United States. Schwartz underlines that this would depart from long-held U.S. policy and core values of the United States.

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The Trump Administration Decision to End El Salvador's TPS Designation

The Trump Administration Decision to End El Salvador's TPS Designation

The Trump Administration has decided to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador.  As a result, the fate of some 200,000 Salvadorans currently living in the United States is now in question, as is the status of nearly 200,000 of their American citizen children. The Salvadorans now have just 18 months to leave the United States, unless Congress takes action.

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Europe Failing in its Responsibilities toward Refugees and Migrants in Libya

 Europe Failing in its Responsibilities toward Refugees and Migrants in Libya

The EU and European governments continue to fail in their responsibilities to refugees and migrants who face severe abuse in Libyan detention centers operated by the Government of National Accord (GNA).

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Statement on the Urgent Need for Greater U.S. Response to the Yemen Blockade

Statement on the Urgent Need for Greater U.S. Response to the Yemen Blockade

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz welcomes President Trump’s statement this week on the Yemen blockade, but the President’s words must be turned into immediate action as the blockade continues and millions of Yemeni lives are at stake.

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U.S. Disastrous Decision to End Participation in the Global Compact on Migration

U.S. Disastrous Decision to End Participation in the Global Compact on Migration

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz issues a statement as the United States announced its decision to end its participation in the effort to develop a Global Compact  on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Schwartz states that the U.S. decision is irresponsible and will limit U.S. capacity to influence a critical international discussion. 

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Plight of Refugees and Migrants in Libya Should be A Key Issue During Libyan Prime Minister’s Visit to the White House

Plight of Refugees and Migrants in Libya Should be A Key Issue During Libyan Prime Minister’s Visit to the White House

During their White House meeting, President Trump and Libya's Prime Minister al-Sarraj should discuss the plight of refugees and migrants in Libya, especially those housed in government-run detention facilities. Refugees International and other organizations have documented abuses taking place in these facilities. The U.S. president should urge the Libyan government to hold accountable those responsible.

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RI Welcomes Secretary Tillerson's Acknowledgement of Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar, But Further Action is Still Needed

RI Welcomes Secretary Tillerson's Acknowledgement of Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar, But Further Action is Still Needed

Refugees International welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's acknowledgement that ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people is taking place in Myanmar. 

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