Europe Must Stop Putting Politics above Human Lives

Refugees International is dismayed by the Italian government’s refusal to allow the SOS Mediteranée and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ship, the Aquarius, to disembark in Italy. EU governments have the means to manage these arrivals in an organized, humane way that complies with their obligations under international law.

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Strengthening the Global Compact on Refugees for Women and Girls

Strengthening the Global Compact on Refugees for Women and Girls

Refugees International joined CARE International, Plan International, the UNSW Forced Migration Network, and the Women’s Refugee Commission in suggesting the following changes to the third draft of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) related to women and girls ahead of the fifth round of consultations on June 12-13, 2018 in Geneva.

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RI Condemns U.S. Decision to Restrict Asylum for Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

RI Condemns U.S. Decision to Restrict Asylum for Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

In this statement, President Eric Schwartz reacts to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to end asylum for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. The Attorney General’s decision puts thousands of women’s lives at risk in countries where femicide is on the rise.

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UN Must Address Protection Issues in Global Compact on Migration

UN Must Address Protection Issues in Global Compact on Migration

It is essential that the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) address protection issues, as reaffirmation of protection principles in the GCM sends an important signal of support for the rights of migrants from governments of the world. 

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UN Must Address Climate Displacement in Global Compact on Migration

UN Must Address Climate Displacement in Global Compact on Migration

Refugees International is calling on the United Nations to address climate change-related human mobility in the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, and include protections for persons moving in the context of climate change-related adverse effects, including both sudden- and slow-onset hazards.

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Refugees International Statement on Myanmar-UN Agreement: Ongoing Dangers Prevent Rohingya Returns

Refugees International Statement on Myanmar-UN Agreement:  Ongoing Dangers Prevent Rohingya Returns

In the statement, Refugees International notes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the UN Refugee Agency and the UN Development Program with the Government of Myanmar which would allow the return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. However, RI is deeply concerned that continued impunity, restricted access to aid, and denial of basic human rights in Myanmar’s Rakhine State make repatriation a distant reality at this time.

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RI Joins 27 Organizations Calling For The U.S. To Honor Its UN Funding Commitments

RI Joins 27 Organizations Calling For The U.S. To Honor Its UN Funding Commitments

In a letter to leading members of Congress, Refugees International joined with 27 international humanitarian, human rights, peace and security organizations to, Refugees International to advocate for continued strong U.S. leadership at the United Nations. The letter called on the Congress Members to ensure that the U.S. government honors its financial commitments to the UN in Fiscal Year 2019 and to oppose any efforts to rescind UN funding as agreed to on a bipartisan basis as part of the FY 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

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Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping Commemorates 70 Years of UN Peacekeeping

Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping Commemorates 70 Years of UN Peacekeeping

This week marks the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping. It is a time to reflect on the 134 peacekeepers who lost their lives this past year and to show gratitude to the nearly 105,000 troops, police, civilians, and volunteers - coming from 124 countries - who serve on 14 peacekeeping operations worldwide. After 70 years, UN Peacekeeping remains as relevant as ever.

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RI Urges the Senate to Reject Robert Mortensen's Nomination to PRM

RI Urges the Senate to Reject Robert Mortensen's Nomination to PRM

In the statement, Refugees International makes clear why it urges the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of Robert Mortensen as the next Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

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RI Raises the Alarm on Proposed Cuts in the FY2019 Budget

RI Raises the Alarm on Proposed Cuts in the FY2019 Budget

Refugees International remains alarmed by the significant budget cuts proposed in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget, which was released on February 12, 2018. Budgets define priorities and this budget proposal, if approved by Congress, would be devastating to lifesaving humanitarian work across the globe. 

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The Return of Thousands of Afghans from Turkey back to Afghanistan is Cause for Alarm

In this statement, Refugees International expresses its deep concern regarding the return in recent weeks of thousands of Afghan nationals from Turkey back to Afghanistan where their safety is at risk. On April 23, Turkey’s minister of the interior announced that 7,100 Afghans had been returned to Afghanistan and that thousands more would follow shortly.

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Refugees International Dismayed by U.S. Decision to End TPS Designation for Honduras

Refugees International Dismayed by U.S. Decision to End TPS Designation for Honduras

Refugees International is dismayed by Friday’s decision by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras on July 5, 2018. The fate of some 57,000 Hondurans currently living in the United States, as well as their estimated 53,000 American citizen children, is now in question.

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Greek Government Defies Court on Asylum Seekers

Greek Government Defies Court on Asylum Seekers

Twenty-one human rights and humanitarian organizations issued a statement today protesting the Greek government’s move to overturn a binding court ruling which ordered the government to end its abusive policy of trapping asylum seekers on Greece’s islands. The government’s move raises significant concerns about its challenge to rule of law.

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UN Security Council Must Take Action during Rohingya Visits

UN Security Council Must Take Action during Rohingya Visits

Refugees International urges the United Nations Security Council to use its visits to Bangladesh and Myanmar to demand humanitarian access in Rakhine State and accountability for the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya. The visit to the camps in Bangladesh, where 700,000 Rohingya have fled, must also serve to highlight the urgent need for humanitarian support and improved coordination ahead of the monsoon and cyclone seasons.

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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 gathered in Geneva for a Humanitarian Conference on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The conference was 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 urged 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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