Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Comments on the Rohingya Crisis: Statement by Refugees International President Eric Schwartz

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Comments on the Rohingya Crisis: Statement by Refugees International President Eric Schwartz

Refugees International welcomes Secretary of State Tillerson’s October 18 statement on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, and, in particular, his comment that “the world can’t just stand idly by and be witness to the atrocities being reported in the area.” But in fact, the world can stand idly by, as can the United States, and for nearly two months, that is largely what has occurred. 

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Statement on the Liberation of Raqqa, Syria

Statement on the Liberation of Raqqa, Syria

In response to the declaration that Raqqa, in northern Syria, has been retaken from ISIS, Refugees International urges all forces and authorities in the newly-liberated area to make the protection and rights of civilians their highest priority.

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Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN: Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

As we approach the 17th anniversary of the adoption of SCR 1325 (2000) and the annual Security Council open debate on women, peace and security (WPS), we take this opportunity to reiterate the fundamental principles enshrined in the WPS agenda and urge each Member State to more consistently promote and abide by them.

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Making the Global Compact on Refugees Work for All Women and Girls

Making the Global Compact on Refugees Work for All Women and Girls

Approximately half of the total number of refugees are women or girls. To meet the promise of the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and its Programme of Action must specifically address their rights and needs at every stage of displacement.

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Testimony by Daniel Sullivan on Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

Testimony by Daniel Sullivan on Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

On September 27, 2017, Refugees International Senior Advocate for Human Rights Daniel Sullivan testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in a hearing titled "Burma’s Brutal Campaign Against the Rohingya."

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Myanmar: Global Appeal for UN Action

Myanmar: Global Appeal for UN Action

We, a global coalition of 88 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population.

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Refugees International Statement on Proposed Refugee Resettlement Cuts

Refugees International Statement on Proposed Refugee Resettlement Cuts

Refugees International is deeply disappointed by the Trump Administration’s reported decision to propose a U.S. refugee resettlement ceiling of only 45,000 for FY2018.

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Refugees International Condemns the Massacre in Kamanyola

Refugees International Condemns the Massacre in Kamanyola

Refugees International condemns the September 15, 2017 massacre in the Kamanyola transit site in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in which at least 39 Burundians were killed. Among the victims were 15 women, with another 100 people wounded. RI also regrets the loss of a Congolese soldier who was also killed.

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President Trump Must Address Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity in Myanmar

President Trump Must Address Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity in Myanmar

During his upcoming address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump must demand strong measures to end the ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity being perpetrated by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya people, especially in light of the escalated violence over the past three weeks. 

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Refugees International Welcomes European Court Ruling on EU Relocation

Refugees International Welcomes European Court Ruling on EU Relocation

Refugees International (RI) welcomes this week’s decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which reaffirms an EU scheme for a fairer distribution of asylum-seekers among EU member states. The EU court’s ruling is an important reminder to EU member states of the need for solidarity and responsibility sharing when it comes to the arrival of people in need of international protection.

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World Leaders Must Act on Rohingya Crisis

World Leaders Must Act on Rohingya Crisis

Refugees International is outraged by the deplorable actions of the Myanmar military over the past several days. Well over 100,000 Rohingya from Rakhine State have been driven from their homes, and hundreds have reportedly been killed. Untold numbers are experiencing enormous deprivation and suffering as international humanitarian access is blocked to affected areas in Rakhine State. 

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Secretary of State Tillerson Should Avoid "Meaningless and Misleading" Conclusions in Refugee Admissions Reports

Secretary of State Tillerson Should Avoid "Meaningless and Misleading" Conclusions in Refugee Admissions Reports

A bipartisan group of former senior U.S. officials today urged Secretary of State Tillerson to ensure that two State Department reports on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, where were mandated by President Trump, contain key elements to ensure the reports contribute to responsible policy making. The President’s directive requires that Secretary Tillerson prepare two reports within 180 days – an estimate of the long-term costs of the United States Refugee Admissions Program and an estimate of the number of refugees being supported in countries of first asylum for the same long-term cost as supporting refugees resettled in the United States.   

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Refugees International Deeply Alarmed by Violence in Myanmar

Refugees International Deeply Alarmed by Violence in Myanmar

Refugees International (RI) is deeply alarmed by the recent violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and the dire consequences for innocent civilians. RI condemns the heavy-handed response of the Myanmar military to attacks by Rohingya militants on police. Shocking reports of attacks on Rohingya civilians by the Myanmar military, including the firing of machine guns and mortars toward fleeing civilians, are particularly disturbing and deserve unequivocal international condemnation.

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The UN Appoints its First Rights Advocate for Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

The UN Appoints its First Rights Advocate for Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Refugees International (RI) applauds U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ appointment of Jane Connors as the organization’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate. The appointment is a significant step forward in the UN's renewed commitment to eradicate sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in its peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. 

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Implement Rakhine Commission Recommendations for Myanmar's Rohingya

Implement Rakhine Commission Recommendations for Myanmar's Rohingya

Refugees International issued a statement welcoming the final report and recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. RI urges the Government of Myanmar to implement the Commission's recommendations with particular emphasis on the need for full and unfettered humanitarian access and the need to address Rakhine State as a human rights crisis.

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On the Killings of Seven Members of the Syrian Civil Defense (the White Helmets)

On the Killings of Seven Members of the Syrian Civil Defense (the White Helmets)

Refugees International expresses its outrage and deeply sadness with the news that seven members of the Syrian Civil Defense (the White Helmets) were killed in a recent attack. The White Helmets are an extraordinary humanitarian organization that provides a beacon of hope for Syrians caught up in the brutal conflict.

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Statement on Syrian Refugee Returns from Lebanon to Syria

Over the past week, hundreds of Syrian refugees have left the Aarsal region of Lebanon for Idlib governorate in northern Syria, and thousands more are expected to follow. So far, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross/Crescent have not been able to confirm the voluntary nature of the returns or monitor what has happened to the refugees upon arrival in Syria.

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Presentation by Alice Thomas at Global Compact on Migration Multi-stakeholder dialogue

Presentation by Alice Thomas at Global Compact on Migration Multi-stakeholder dialogue

As recognized in the New York Declaration, the drivers of displacement and migration in the 21st century are complex, and increasingly include natural disasters, food insecurity, and other adverse effects of climate change

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Refugees International opposes Italy’s plan to send navy ships into Libyan waters

Refugees International opposes Italy’s plan to send navy ships into Libyan waters

Refugees International is deeply concerned by the Italian government’s plan to send navy ships into Libyan territorial waters to assist the Libyan coastguard with intercepting migrants and refugees attempting the sea journey to Europe.

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Statement from Eric Schwartz on Visit of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to Washington, D.C.

As President Trump welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to Washington, DC, the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon must be a prominent and urgent point on their discussion agenda – and we urge that both leaders affirm a commitment to respect the rights of Syrian refugees.

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