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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RI Challenges FEMA Move to Pull Up Stakes in Puerto Rico While Island Still Struggles to Recover

RI Challenges FEMA Move to Pull Up Stakes in Puerto Rico While Island Still Struggles to Recover

Refugees International is deeply concerned that FEMA is prematurely winding down its disaster support for Puerto Rico as hurricane season gets underway.

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President Trump Must End Human Rights Abuses against Vulnerable Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Southern Border

President Trump Must End Human Rights Abuses against Vulnerable Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Southern Border

Upon return from a field mission to the border between the United States and Mexico, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz decried human rights abuses against highly vulnerable asylum seekers from the Northern Triangle of Central America.

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U.S. Senate Must Pass Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

U.S. Senate Must Pass Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Refugees International joined 61 organizations in signing a letter urging U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to lead in passing the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, H.R.3030.

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Victims’ Rights: Human Rights Abuses and the Persecution of Minorities in Northern Myanmar

Victims’ Rights: Human Rights Abuses and the Persecution of Minorities in Northern Myanmar

Senior Advocate for Human Rights Daniel P. Sullivan delivered testimony at a July 25, 2018, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on “Victims’ Rights in Burma,” regarding human rights abuses and the persecution of minorities in northern Myanmar, particularly in Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan States.

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National Security and Humanitarian Leaders Urge Secretary Pompeo Not to Eliminate State Department Refugee Office

National Security and Humanitarian Leaders Urge Secretary Pompeo Not to Eliminate State Department Refugee Office

Former government and humanitarian leaders write to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, urging him to reconsider, amid a decision on the reorganization of the U.S. Department of State, the elimination of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. The letter outlines and underscores the unique role the bureau plays in influencing U.S. foreign policy interests and leadership.

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RI Joins Civil Society Organizations in Applauding Final Negotiations on GCM

RI Joins Civil Society Organizations in Applauding Final Negotiations on GCM

RI joins with 44 other civil society groups to applaud the final round of negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) and highlight the strategic successes of the document.

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RI Joins 179 Civil Society Groups, Reflecting on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) in advance of the Final Round of Negotiations 

RI Joins 179 Civil Society Groups, Reflecting on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) in advance of the Final Round of Negotiations 

Refugees International joined 179 other organizations in support of the statement (below) written in advance of the sixth and final round of the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) negotiation process. The statement outlines final observations, concerns, and recommendations for the GCM.

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RI Joins 45 Groups to Call on U.S. Government to Strengthen Targeted Sanctions on Myanmar

RI Joins 45 Groups to Call on U.S. Government to Strengthen Targeted Sanctions on Myanmar

Refugees International joined 45 other organizations in sending the following letter to Senator Inhofe (Acting Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee), Senator Reed (Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee), Representative Thornberry (Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee), and Representative Smith (Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee). The letter urges the U.S. government to strengthen targeted sanctions on Myanmar.

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A Message from RI President Eric Schwartz on Advocacy Efforts for Refugees and Displaced Persons in our Current Political Environment

A Message from RI President Eric Schwartz on Advocacy Efforts for Refugees and Displaced Persons in our Current Political Environment

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz reflects on the current political environment in the United States with respect to refugee issues and the implications for the work of humanitarian and refugee advocates.

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The Supreme Court’s Decision on President’s “Travel Ban” Executive Order

The Supreme Court’s Decision on President’s “Travel Ban” Executive Order

Refugees International is disappointed by the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a broad Presidential ban that was imposed in September 2017 on entry of individuals from eight countries, most of which are have Muslim majorities. We believe the ban was motivated by religious bias, as reflected in repeated statements by the President prior to and subsequent to the presidential election, and that the government has failed to demonstrate that the measure was reasonably grounded in national security concerns.

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RI Joins 83 Organizations in Condemning Family Separation and Detention of Asylum Seekers at U.S. Southern Border

RI Joins 83 Organizations in Condemning Family Separation and Detention of Asylum Seekers at U.S. Southern Border

RI joined 83 organizations in writing a letter to Congressman Paul Ryan, Senator Mitch McConnell, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Chuck Schumer condemning family separation and detention of asylum seekers at U.S. southern border. While there have been positive policy developments, there are still many children separated from their parents, and the U.S. government continues to advance policies that violate international norms.

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Trump Executive Order Fails to End Abuses at U.S. Border

Trump Executive Order Fails to End Abuses at U.S. Border

The Trump administration Executive Order on June 20 did not immediately end the abhorrent practice of family separation and the criminalization of asylum seekers at the U.S. border. RI remains concerned that the president has replaced a family separation policy with a family detention policy.

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Separation of Families at the U.S. Southern Border

Separation of Families at the U.S. Southern Border

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, Refugees International condemns the separation of children of from parents seeking protection in the United States. These measures are nowhere mandated in U.S. law, are inhumane, and risk creating psychological and emotional damage to the children and their families.

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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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