RI Statements

Ethiopia’s Treatment of Its Own IDPs Making Crisis Worse

Ethiopia’s Treatment of Its Own IDPs Making Crisis Worse

Refugees International  is deeply alarmed by the Ethiopian government’s renewed effort to carry out forced returns of  internally displaced people in the country’s south.

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Refugees International President: 'Trump using evidence-free rhetoric to attack asylum seekers'

Refugees International President: 'Trump using evidence-free rhetoric to attack asylum seekers'

Although the president’s comments on refugees and asylum were short on details, they foreshadow a parade of horribles that will perpetuate his administration’s unmitigated hostility toward asylum seekers.

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Ninth Circuit’s Ruling on “Remain in Mexico” Policy Puts Lives At Risk

Ninth Circuit’s Ruling on “Remain in Mexico” Policy Puts Lives At Risk

Statement from Senior U.S. Domestic Advocate, Yael Schacher on the Ninth Circuit’s Ruling on “Remain in Mexico” Policy.

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Latest Idlib Offensive Threatens ‘Unprecedented Humanitarian Disaster’

Latest Idlib Offensive Threatens ‘Unprecedented Humanitarian Disaster’

Since the Syrian regime and its Russian ally stepped up their bombardment of Idlib province in February, more than 140,000 civilian men, women, and children have been forced to flee for their lives. It is difficult to overstate the urgency of this looming humanitarian disaster if nothing is done to protect these people who often have lost everything.  

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EU Must Urgently Evacuate Refugees, Migrants Trapped in Libya

EU Must Urgently Evacuate Refugees, Migrants Trapped in Libya

Refugees International urges the EU and its governments to urgently evacuate from Libya refugees and migrants currently in detention centers. 

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Refugees International Warns Against Relocating Rohingya to Bhashan Char Island

Refugees International Warns Against Relocating Rohingya to Bhashan Char Island

Refugees International is deeply concerned about plans announced by the government of Bangladesh to begin relocating Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char, an isolated island more than 30 miles off the coast of Bangladesh.

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Refugees International Statement on Trump Administration's Humanitarian Relief Cuts

Refugees International Statement on Trump Administration's Humanitarian Relief Cuts

Refugees International is concerned by the Trump administration’s budget request for international humanitarian assistance for FY2020.

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RI Deeply Alarmed Over U.S. National Emergency Declaration

RI Deeply Alarmed Over U.S. National Emergency Declaration

The efforts of individuals to seek asylum in the United States does not constitute a national security crisis. In manufacturing this so-called crisis, the administration seeks to justify its efforts to close off asylum in violation of American law and tradition.

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President Trump’s State of the Union Address Disregards U.S. Legal Obligations Toward Refugees and Asylum Seekers

President Trump’s State of the Union Address Disregards U.S. Legal Obligations Toward Refugees and Asylum Seekers

What the president cast as a national security crisis at the U.S. southern border is instead a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by his administration’s own policies. 

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Trinidad and Tobago to Take Steps to Increase Protections for Displaced Venezuelans

Trinidad and Tobago to Take Steps to Increase Protections for Displaced Venezuelans

Refugees International welcomes the comments by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago this week that his government is working to grant Venezuelans on the islands the right to work and to an education.

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U.S. “Return to Mexico” Policy Inhumane and Illegal

 U.S. “Return to Mexico” Policy Inhumane and Illegal

Refugees International is deeply alarmed by a new policy from the Trump administration that prevents Central Americans from seeking asylum along the U.S. southern border. Under the policy, asylum seekers will now be forced to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed. This is a stark violation of U.S. and international law.

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"End the Shutdown" Legislation Riddled With Violations of U.S. Commitments to Refugee Protection

"End the Shutdown" Legislation Riddled With Violations of U.S. Commitments to Refugee Protection

Refugees International today strongly urges the Congress to reject the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act of 2019 in its current form due to measures it would impose that violate U.S. commitments to refugee protection and abuse human rights.

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With U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Humanitarian Crisis Looms

With U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Humanitarian Crisis Looms

Refugees International warns that an abrupt withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria will create a power vacuum that will likely lead to a new round of conflict. Renewed fighting will disrupt communities, displace additional populations, and could trigger another humanitarian crisis.

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UN Agrees to Historic Global Compact on Refugees

UN Agrees to Historic Global Compact on Refugees

Refugees International applauds today’s broad endorsement of the Global Compact on Refugees by the UN General Assembly. This represents a critical step toward improving the lives of some 25 million refugees around the world who have fled their home countries in search of safety.

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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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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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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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