Refugees International is deeply disappointed by the decision of Supreme Court to permit imposition of most elements of the Executive Order imposing a ban on entry into the United States by travelers from six Muslim majority nations and imposing a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee resettlement program pending the Court’s consideration of this issue.
At the upcoming European Council meeting in Brussels on June 22 and 23, 2017, European Union leaders will discuss the Central Mediterranean migration route and, as per the meeting’s agenda, will “assess the implementation of measures taken to stem the migration flow” on that route. Refugees International urges EU leaders to put the rights of refugees and migrants above political considerations currently driving Europe’s actions in the Central Mediterranean
We, the undersigned humanitarian and development non-governmental organizations and partners, share a commitment to alleviating human suffering to make the world a more peaceful, just, democratic, and prosperous place. As organizations working in the development and humanitarian space in nearly every country on the planet, we represent American citizens’ instinct to make a positive difference in the lives of the world’s poorest and most marginalized people. Therefore, in the context of ongoing discussions about foreign assistance reform, our focus is on the impact any reforms will have on people whose lives are affected by our programming.
Refugees International is alarmed by the devastating cuts proposed by President Trump’s more detailed FY18 budget request to Congress. The administration proposal is not about better aid accountability or reaching vulnerable populations more effectively. Simply put, this budget would cripple humanitarian response at a time when the global community is facing crises unparalleled in modern times.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today had the unenviable task of putting lipstick on a pig, suggesting that a foreign aid budget request with draconian cuts represents responsible stewardship of U.S. foreign policy. The Secretary justified the cuts with an argument about limitations on resources – an argument that is simply inaccurate. Today and previously, the Secretary of State suggested that the current rate of spending for foreign aid is simply not sustainable.
Refugees International (RI) announced today that Eric P. Schwartz has joined the organization as its president.
Refugees International mourns the passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a champion of efforts to promote sexual and reproductive rights. It is both critical and extremely difficult to guarantee these rights in situations of humanitarian crisis, and Dr. Osotimehin recognized this important challenge.
We are deeply concerned with the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) International Affairs budget request, which proposes dramatic cuts to life-saving accounts. The budget decisions currently before Congress have life-and-death consequences for the world’s poorest people. If the President’s Budget is enacted, it will reduce the life-saving and transformative economic impacts that we see every day. InterAction calls on Congress to sustain its leadership and support for a robust foreign assistance, as demonstrated earlier this month through passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). A total of no less than $60 billion for the International Affairs Budget in FY18 must be supported.
In a letter to President Donald Trump released today, Refugees International (RI) called on the President to delay his planned May 23 budget presentation, or at least elements related to U.S. humanitarian assistance, in view of detailed and credible reports received by Refugees International of massive planned cuts in programs serving critical humanitarian needs around the world.
On behalf of Refugees International, we write respectfully to request that you delay your planned Fiscal Year 2018 budget presentation, or at least the elements related to U.S. humanitarian assistance, in view of reports of massive cuts in programs that serve critical humanitarian needs around the world and are crucial to the promotion of U.S. interests and U.S. values. We ask that you use such a delay to reconsider and reverse such cuts in your budget for 2018.
We – the undersigned human rights, humanitarian, faith, anti-genocide, peace and other organizations – support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (DMd.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and their colleagues.The bill establishes a Mass Atrocities Task Force, requires training for Foreign Service Officers in violent conflict and atrocities prevention, requires reporting from both the Department of State and Director for National Intelligence, and establishes the Complex Crises Fund. These are critical tools that are needed to ensure the U.S. government is able to more effectively prevent atrocities.
We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to renew temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitians in the United States. As humanitarian, international development, and human rights organizations, many of which currently provide direct services on the ground in Haiti, we respectfully disagree with the assessment of James W. McCament, Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), that conditions in Haiti no longer support its designation for TPS.
As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump prepare to meet in Washington, D.C. next week – their first in-person meeting since President Trump took office in January – Refugees International (RI) calls on both leaders to place humanitarian concerns at the forefront of their discussion of the Syrian conflict and their shared desire to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS).
Each year when Congress budgets and appropriates federal spending to provide for our common prosperity and security, it makes important decisions about American values and reflects those values to the nation and the world. Typically, this includes investing in the long-held and cherished American tradition of supporting vulnerable people at home and abroad, including the most marginalized, with the critical assistance they need to build healthy, self-sufficient lives. Increasingly, the U.S. has shown bold leadership supporting women and girls to achieve their full potential, including those that make up 70 percent of the 1.3 billion people worldwide living in extreme poverty.
Refugees International is shocked and saddened to learn about the deaths this weekend of eight White Helmets volunteers in apparent Syrian government airstrikes. The strikes reportedly hit a center run by the Syria Civil Defense, the rescue group also known as the White Helmets. The airstrike was one of the deadliest against for the White Helmets organization, which works to assist and rescue civilians struggling to survive the six-year-old Syrian civil war.
We, the undersigned, call on States, including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State, as well as active conflict areas in Kachin State and northern Shan State, as recently mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
We, the undersigned members and partners of InterAction, urge you to support funding in FY2018 for poverty-focused international development and humanitarian assistance accounts at no less than the levels outlined in the attached recommendations and our accompanying Choose to Invest FY2018. We also urge you to fund the International Affairs Budget (function 150) at no less than $60 billion.