Refugees International Congratulates Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on 10th Anniversary

Refugees International Congratulates Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on 10th Anniversary

Refugees International congratulates the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on its 10th anniversary of standing up for those whose human rights are under threat.

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Joint Civil Society Message to UN Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

Joint Civil Society Message to UN Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

The adoption of the Compact is a historic achievement, as it represents a comprehensive framework for multilateral cooperation on international migration. It has the real potential to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of our fellow human beings who move in search of a life of dignity and security for themselves and their families.

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Former U.S. Officials Urge U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

Former U.S. Officials Urge U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

In a letter addressed to Mexican President-Elect López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Pence, 19 former senior U.S. officials involved in national security, refugees and asylum, and Western hemispheric affairs urged the governments of Mexico and the United States to emphasize that the issue of migration from Central America is primarily a humanitarian issue.

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Letter Urges U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

Letter Urges U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

In a letter addressed to Mexican President-Elect López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Pence, 19 former senior U.S. officials involved in national security, refugees and asylum, and Western hemispheric affairs urged the governments of Mexico and the United States to emphasize that the issue of migration from Central America is primarily a humanitarian issue.

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Mexico and the United States Must Suspend Talks on Barring Asylum Seekers

Mexico and the United States Must Suspend Talks on Barring Asylum Seekers

Refugees International urges the governments of Mexico and the United States to suspend any discussion of an agreement that would force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico pending a determination of their U.S. asylum claims.

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Impending Plans to Return Rohingya Refugees to Imperil Thousands

Impending Plans to Return Rohingya Refugees to Imperil Thousands

Refugees International is gravely concerned about announced plans to begin returning Rohingya refugees to an unacceptably dangerous situation in Myanmar.

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RI Statement on Proposed Administration Rule and Anticipated Presidential Proclamation on Asylum

RI Statement on Proposed Administration Rule and Anticipated Presidential Proclamation on Asylum

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security memorandum on limiting access to asylum is appalling, and Refugees International is deeply alarmed about any presidential proclamation that would bar access to asylum to those entering the United States between U.S. ports of entry.

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RI Response to President Trump’s Remarks on Immigration

RI Response to President Trump’s Remarks on Immigration

The efforts of individuals to seek asylum in the United States represent a policy challenge but not a national security crisis. The president has willfully and cynically vilified an asylum seeker population composed of vulnerable children, women, and men.

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RI Joins U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations in Denouncing Discrimination and Intolerance

RI Joins U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations in Denouncing Discrimination and Intolerance

As American faith-based and secular organizations working to end poverty, hunger, disease, and injustice in every part of the world, we unequivocally condemn the recent horrendous attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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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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