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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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Amid Hurricane María Disaster in Puerto Rico, Strong Community Leaders Emerge

Amid Hurricane María Disaster in Puerto Rico, Strong Community Leaders Emerge

In the face of insufficient assistance from federal and Puerto Rican authorities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, ordinary people have stepped up to become strong community leaders—ultimately strengthening community resilience and self-reliance. Yet they are largely being left out of recovery plans.

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Holding Myanmar’s Military to Account—Why We Must and How We Can

Holding Myanmar’s Military to Account—Why We Must and How We Can

As we mark the first anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar, it is clear that too little has been done to support, protect, and provide for this marginalized community. Now, accountability is urgently needed to provide a sense of justice to the Rohingya, to act as a deterrent against further abuses of the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in the country, and to help stabilize the region.

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"Not doing anything is no longer acceptable": Q&A with Alice Thomas, climate refugee expert

"Not doing anything is no longer acceptable": Q&A with Alice Thomas, climate refugee expert

Mongaby interviewed Alice Thomas, RI’s climate displacement program manager, about the growing impact of climate change on the refugee crisis worldwide.

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Decades of Humanitarian Aid for Refugees are Now at Risk

Decades of Humanitarian Aid for Refugees are Now at Risk

Thirty-nine years on, Walter Mondale's inspiring 1979 call to action over the Vietnamese boat people was a watershed moment. Remembering Mondale’s speech in Geneva reminds us of an alternative vision of U.S. humanitarian leadership in the world. It is a vision that honors both U.S. interests and American values, and it offers a brighter future for hundreds of millions around the globe.

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Debunking Myths of Syrian Women’s Absence from Jordan’s Labor Market

Debunking Myths of Syrian Women’s Absence from Jordan’s Labor Market

There are several myths informing the conversation around access to employment for Syrian refugee women living in Jordan. Izza Leghtas was just in Jordan to examine refugee women’s access to work, and debunks these common misconceptions.

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Lessons for Today as Refugees International Marks an Important Anniversary

Lessons for Today as Refugees International Marks an Important Anniversary

On July 19, 1979, thirty-nine years ago, Refugees International undertook its first large-scale public advocacy effort on behalf of refugees. On that date, then-executive director Diane Lawson, along with one of RI’s founders Michael Morrissey, published a full-page ad in the Washington Post. Addressed to U.S. senators and representatives, the advocacy letter called for increased support for Indochinese refugees and set the course for our organization’s decades-long commitment to advocating for lifesaving action.

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The World Is Failing Internally Displaced People. Here’s One Solution.

The World Is Failing Internally Displaced People. Here’s One Solution.

More than one in 10 internally displaced people are in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where millions of IDPs are falling between the cracks of a humanitarian system in urgent need of reform. An important first step is to establish the position of special representative of the secretary-general (SRSG) for IDPs. 

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UN Chief’s Bangladesh Visit Must Address Restrictions on Rohingya

UN Chief’s Bangladesh Visit Must Address Restrictions on Rohingya

As United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres visits Rohingya camps in Bangladesh on July 2, he must address the restrictive policies and lack of effective management and coordination that are hindering humanitarian support efforts there.

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Syrians Have the Right to Seek Asylum But Not the Means

Syrians Have the Right to Seek Asylum But Not  the Means

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes clear the right of every human being to seek safety in another country.  But eight years into the Syrian conflict, this most basic of human rights barely matters because there is so little leeway for people to leave Syrian territory in the first place.  If the international community truly wants to help Syrians, it must insist that Syria’s neighbors open their borders, and it needs to offer financial, technical and humanitarian assistance to make that happen. 

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