Refugees International welcomes the choice of António Guterres as the next United Nations Secretary General. Not only is Guterres a strong leader with the necessary political acumen to guide the United Nations forward, he also possesses deep knowledge of the many humanitarian challenges facing the international community today.
Despite the joy felt when a young Syrian girl was pulled from Aleppo’s rubble on Friday, the images from the besieged city have been shocking this week – even by the standards of Syria’s horrific war. For the past several days, the internet has been filled with ghastly images of dust-laden corpses left half-buried in the remains of bombed-out buildings. Syrian civilians continue to be killed in the latest round of bombardment by Russian and Syrian forces.
This week, you have likely seen the heartbreaking photos of Syrian refugees fleeing tragic circumstances and risking their lives and the lives of their family members to find safety. The world mourns those who have lost their lives in these dangerous journeys, and the images serve as a stark reminder of why we do the work that we do.
Dear Mr. Secretary-General: On behalf of Refugees International (RI), I wanted to express our appreciation and support for the important work that you and your colleagues have undertaken to not only save lives and protect the dignity of displaced people, but to promote peace and stability worldwide.
Estimado Señor Secretario, Señor Gobernador: Reciban un cordial saludo de la Oficina en Washington para Asuntos Latinoamericanos (WOLA, por sus siglas en inglés), del Grupo de Trabajo para Asuntos Latinoamericanos (LAWG, por sus siglas en inglés) y de Refugees International. Por medio de la presente, les escribimos para expresar nuestra preocupación por la vulnerabilidad en la que se encuentra la defensora Esperanza Hernández Lugo, defensora de derechos humanos que acompaña en temas humanitarios a la población que sufre desplazamiento interno en el estado de Sinaloa.
As Myanmar continues its renewed engagement with the international community, it must begin to address the serious violations of the rights of ethnic minorities that plague the country. Nearly two years after violence erupted in June 2012, almost 140,000 Muslims (primarily Rohingyas) remain displaced in Rakhine State in conditions of total segregation and marginalization from the Rakhine Buddhist majority. Like the hundreds of thousands of non-displaced Rohingyas in northern Rakhine State, they remain subject to extremely abusive restrictions on their freedom and exposed to violent attacks.