False Paradise: Caribbean Island-Nations Must Respect Venezuelans’ Rights

False Paradise: Caribbean Island-Nations Must Respect Venezuelans’ Rights

With the number of displaced Venezuelans on track to reach 3.6 million this year, small island-nations such as Trinidad and Tobago can’t ignore their responsibility to help.

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The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019

The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019

What will the year 2019 have in store for the Rohingya? Read Daniel Sullivan’s latest op-ed for key developments to keep an eye on and some thoughts on what must be done to improve the outlook.

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2019: Humanitarian Action in Peril

2019: Humanitarian Action in Peril

Refugees International’s advocates forecast what will be the most urgent challenges for the humanitarian community in 2019.

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U.S. Exit from Syria Would Heighten Need for Humanitarian Aid

U.S. Exit from Syria Would Heighten Need for Humanitarian Aid

The sudden withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria that Trump has called for, potentially within as little as 30 days, would pose severe humanitarian risks. Read more by RI’s Vice President Hardin Lang.

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Turkey Must Not Ignore Non-Syrian Refugees

Turkey Must Not Ignore Non-Syrian Refugees

As Turkey takes sole responsibility from UNHCR for processing the asylum claims of Afghans and other non-Syrians, it must register them and allow them to access their basic rights, say Refugees International’s Izza Leghtas and Jessica Thea.

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Yemen Cease-fire Marks a Breakthrough, but Peace Is Far from Secure

Yemen Cease-fire Marks a Breakthrough, but Peace Is Far from Secure

Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthi-led rebel movement agreed to a cease-fire in the port city of Hodeidah and its surrounding governorate on Thursday, following a week of UN–sponsored peace talks in Sweden. If it holds, this agreement would mark a major diplomatic breakthrough. Here’s why it matters and what to watch moving forward.

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The Migrant Caravan: A Policy and Public Affairs Challenge

The Migrant Caravan: A Policy and Public Affairs Challenge

In remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz offers some perspectives on the migrant caravan and on questions relating to asylum.

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President Trump's Misguided Approach on UNRWA

President Trump's Misguided Approach on UNRWA

In an oped in the Jersualem Post, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz describes why the Trump administration’s decision to eliminate U.S. support for humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the Middle East represents a misguided approach.

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Colombia: Two Crises in One Country

Colombia: Two Crises in One Country

A Refugees International team traveled to Colombia to bear witness to the experience of displaced Venezuelans. But they quickly discovered that it is impossible to view the Venezuelan displacement crisis on its own when there are already 7.7 million internally displaced people in Colombia amid ongoing internal armed conflict.

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Yemen Peace Talk Odds Helped by Pressure on Saudis and Support at UN

Yemen Peace Talk Odds Helped by Pressure on Saudis and Support at UN

While it is too early for optimism in Yemen, external pressure may be creating an opportunity to end the war.

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Civil Society Can Move Forward on Statelessness in the United States

Civil Society Can Move Forward on Statelessness in the United States

Eric Schwartz outlines an actionable advocacy campaign that civil society can undertake to move forward on the issue of statelessness in the context of an administration that is unlikely to make progress on the issue and in fact risks exacerbating statelessness in the United States.

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In the Central African Republic, Verging on Peace or Back to War

In the Central African Republic, Verging on Peace or Back to War

This is a make-or-break moment for the Central African Republic. After years of conflict, a small window of opportunity is open to make real progress toward peace. Alexandra Lamarche offers three key steps the international community must take to consolidate hard-won gains and improve conditions on the ground.

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Ai Weiwei Honored with Refugees International Exceptional Service Award

Ai Weiwei Honored with Refugees International Exceptional Service Award

At its 16th Annual New York Circle luncheon on October 23, 2018, Refugees International honored artist and humanitarian Ai Weiwei with its 2018 Exceptional Service Award for his continuous work and advocacy on behalf of refugees. 

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Ethiopia: Abiy’s Misstep on IDPs and How He Can Fix It

Ethiopia: Abiy’s Misstep on IDPs and How He Can Fix It

Intercommunal violence in Ethiopia has forced 1.4 million people to become displaced in 2018, the highest number of new internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. For all the obstacles and uncertainties facing Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy’s administration, it is in their control – and interest – to make significant improvements in their response towards displaced Ethiopians. Mark Yarnell offers steps for improving the response.

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No Home Without Peace for South Sudan’s Displaced

No Home Without Peace for South Sudan’s Displaced

Regina Emilio was forced to flee her home after civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. She is one of some 200,000 people living in UN-controlled Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites across the country. As a recent peace agreement muddles forward, some are talking of closing the PoC sites. But for Regina and others, the sites remain essential as conditions at home are still unsafe. 

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We Need to Help Jordan’s Other Refugees

We Need to Help Jordan’s Other Refugees

Help for refugees in Jordan is focused almost exclusively on Syrians. Researchers Izza Leghtas and Dina Baslan make a plea for Yemenis, Somalis, and Sudanese not to be forgotten.

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At UNGA, as President Trump Goes it Alone, the World Moves On

At UNGA, as President Trump Goes it Alone, the World Moves On

Members of the global community – including governments, civil society, and the private sector – are moving forward to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, with or without U.S. government leadership.

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“For Gazans, There is No Day After UNRWA”—U.S. Cuts Aid With No One to Fill the Void

“For Gazans, There is No Day After UNRWA”—U.S. Cuts Aid With No One to Fill the Void

Over the past month, the Trump administration has slashed over half a billion dollars in assistance to the Palestinians. The humanitarian impact is already being felt and promises to be devastating.

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Idlib: Protection of Civilians Must Come First

Idlib: Protection of Civilians Must Come First

In Syria, the population of Idlib is bracing for what promises to be a brutal offensive by the Assad regime. When Syria, Russia, Turkey and Iran discuss Idlib’s fate later this week, they must remember that the lives of millions of civilians hang on their ability to find a peaceful resolution to this situation.

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What You Missed in the UN Rohingya Report

What You Missed in the UN Rohingya Report

On August 27, the UN-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released a devastating report concluding that the country’s military leaders should be prosecuted for the “gravest crimes under international law, against the Rohingya minority. While this aspect of the report has garnered the greatest attention, other important findings including that the crimes of the Myanmar military go far beyond those committed against the Rohingya, and that the burden of responsibility for those crimes extends beyond the military have gone largely unnoticed.

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