Humanitarian aid

Congress Urged to Resist Massive Cuts in U.S. Humanitarian Aid

Congress Urged to Resist Massive Cuts in U.S. Humanitarian Aid

In a letter, over 50 former national security and foreign policy officials, as well as leaders in the NGO community, called upon Congress to resist administration proposals to dramatically cut U.S. humanitarian assistance. The letter also urges the Congress to protect the key role of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.   

Somalia’s Current Security and Stability Status

Somalia’s Current Security and Stability Status

On March 14, 2018, RI Senior Advocate Mark Yarnell testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on "Somalia’s Current Security and Stability Status."  Hosted by the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, the hearing examined the security and humanitarian conditions in Somalia following the near famine in 2017. 

RI Welcomes the Senate Committee Passage of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act

RI Welcomes the Senate Committee Passage of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act

Refugees International welcomes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of S.2060, the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act.  This bipartisan legislation is a critical step forward in demanding accountability for the ethnic cleansing that has taken place in Burma (also known as  Myanmar).  

We Must Reject the President's Recent Comments on Immigration and Nationality

We Must Reject the President's Recent Comments on Immigration and Nationality

Refugees International President Eric Schwarz reacts to recent comments reliably attributed to the President of the United States, in which the President suggested that country of nationality, in and of itself, should impact eligibility for immigration to the United States. Schwartz underlines that this would depart from long-held U.S. policy and core values of the United States.

Statement on the Urgent Need for Greater U.S. Response to the Yemen Blockade

Statement on the Urgent Need for Greater U.S. Response to the Yemen Blockade

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz welcomes President Trump’s statement this week on the Yemen blockade, but the President’s words must be turned into immediate action as the blockade continues and millions of Yemeni lives are at stake.

Earthquake Increases Humanitarian Needs in Iraq

Earthquake Increases Humanitarian Needs in Iraq

The earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border region this week creates even greater need for humanitarian assistance in Iraq. People made homeless by the earthquake join the more than three million Iraqis already displaced by years of conflict. The need for additional aid from donors, the United Nations, and humanitarian organizations is more urgent than ever.

The Blockade of Yemen Must End

The Blockade of Yemen Must End

Refugees International calls on the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen and on the United States government to do everything in their power to open entry points into Yemen and  facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.  Humanitarian aid has arguably never been more desperately needed, or more thoroughly blocked.

On the Killings of Seven Members of the Syrian Civil Defense (the White Helmets)

On the Killings of Seven Members of the Syrian Civil Defense (the White Helmets)

Refugees International expresses its outrage and deeply sadness with the news that seven members of the Syrian Civil Defense (the White Helmets) were killed in a recent attack. The White Helmets are an extraordinary humanitarian organization that provides a beacon of hope for Syrians caught up in the brutal conflict.

Testimony by Eric Schwartz on the Four Famines

Testimony by Eric Schwartz on the Four Famines

On July 18, 2017, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development and Multilateral Institutions at a hearing, titled, "The Four Famines: Root Causes and a Multilateral Action Plan."  In his testimony, Schwartz focused on the factors leading to famine conditions in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria.