As President Trump welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to Washington, DC, the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon must be a prominent and urgent point on their discussion agenda – and we urge that both leaders affirm a commitment to respect the rights of Syrian refugees.
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.
As the later stages of routing the Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq continue, we must continue to focus attention on the enormous humanitarian needs facing the Iraqi men, women, and children who were displaced by the fighting and those who remained in the city throughout the siege.
Refugees International strongly urges the U.S. government to postpone the permanent lifting of sanctions on Sudan, pending further progress by Sudan’s government on international humanitarian access and four other objectives described in Executive Order 13761 from January 2017.
Refugees International is deeply disappointed by the decision of Supreme Court to permit imposition of most elements of the Executive Order imposing a ban on entry into the United States by travelers from six Muslim majority nations and imposing a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee resettlement program pending the Court’s consideration of this issue.
At the upcoming European Council meeting in Brussels on June 22 and 23, 2017, European Union leaders will discuss the Central Mediterranean migration route and, as per the meeting’s agenda, will “assess the implementation of measures taken to stem the migration flow” on that route. Refugees International urges EU leaders to put the rights of refugees and migrants above political considerations currently driving Europe’s actions in the Central Mediterranean
Refugees International is alarmed by the devastating cuts proposed by President Trump’s more detailed FY18 budget request to Congress. The administration proposal is not about better aid accountability or reaching vulnerable populations more effectively. Simply put, this budget would cripple humanitarian response at a time when the global community is facing crises unparalleled in modern times.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today had the unenviable task of putting lipstick on a pig, suggesting that a foreign aid budget request with draconian cuts represents responsible stewardship of U.S. foreign policy. The Secretary justified the cuts with an argument about limitations on resources – an argument that is simply inaccurate. Today and previously, the Secretary of State suggested that the current rate of spending for foreign aid is simply not sustainable.
Refugees International mourns the passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a champion of efforts to promote sexual and reproductive rights. It is both critical and extremely difficult to guarantee these rights in situations of humanitarian crisis, and Dr. Osotimehin recognized this important challenge.
Refugees International (RI) is dismayed and deeply alarmed by the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of international efforts to tackle one of the most significant threats to global stability and security the world has ever faced: climate change.
Refugees International (RI) is greatly concerned for those affected by Cyclone Mora and urges a swift response to assist vulnerable populations and those most impacted by the storm, including Rohingya refugees living in fragile makeshift camps in the east and south of Bangladesh.
In a letter to President Donald Trump released today, Refugees International (RI) called on the President to delay his planned May 23 budget presentation, or at least elements related to U.S. humanitarian assistance, in view of detailed and credible reports received by Refugees International of massive planned cuts in programs serving critical humanitarian needs around the world.
As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump prepare to meet in Washington, D.C. next week – their first in-person meeting since President Trump took office in January – Refugees International (RI) calls on both leaders to place humanitarian concerns at the forefront of their discussion of the Syrian conflict and their shared desire to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS).
Refugees International is shocked and saddened to learn about the deaths this weekend of eight White Helmets volunteers in apparent Syrian government airstrikes. The strikes reportedly hit a center run by the Syria Civil Defense, the rescue group also known as the White Helmets. The airstrike was one of the deadliest against for the White Helmets organization, which works to assist and rescue civilians struggling to survive the six-year-old Syrian civil war.
Refugees International condemns today’s heinous chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria’s Idlib province, as well as the follow-on airstrikes targeting hospitals where scores of victims were being treated. The alleged repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime during the ongoing conflict is a violation of international law and a war crime, as is the targeting of civilian medical facilities.
As participants prepare for the Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region conference in Brussels this week, Refugees International calls on the international community to recognize and respond to the continued urgency of humanitarian needs inside Syria, and of many Syrians in the surrounding region.
In a statement for the record before the Lantos Human Rights Commission, Refugees International outlined the plight of the Rohingya people of Myanmar, an ethnic minority that is one of the most persecuted groups in the world. More than one million Rohingya live in Myanmar today and face wide-ranging restrictions on their rights to move, work, marry, and even have children. More than 140,000 Rohingya were displaced by violence in 2012 and another 100,000 have been forced to flee their homes during a military crackdown over the last six months.
On March 18, the EU and Turkey will mark the one-year anniversary of their joint statement, which sought to stem the flows of asylum-seekers and migrants crossing from Turkey’s shores to the Greek islands. But as this anniversary approaches, Refugees International believes there little cause to celebrate and much more cause for concern. While EU leaders have presented the policy as a success, pointing to the significant decrease in the number of arrivals on the Greek islands since March 2016, the policy has also left thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers stranded in Greece in shocking conditions and has eroded the right to seek asylum in Europe.
Refugees International (RI) condemns President Trump’s revamped Executive Order which bans refugees from entering the United States. The reworked “travel ban” continues to conflate the victims of terrorism with the actual perpetrators of extremist violence.
Michel Gabaudan, president of Refugees International (RI), announced today that, after nearly seven years at the organization and following consultations with the RI Board of Directors, he will step down from the presidency of Refugees International within the next several months.
As an organization that continues to advocate for the protection of displaced Burundians, Refugees International (RI) was concerned by comments attributed to the Ugandan Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees on February 15, 2017.
Refugees International welcomes the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to reinstate President Donald Trump's Executive Order barring refugees and immigrants - predominantly from seven Muslim majority nations - from entering the United States.
Refugees International strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s Executive Order targeting refugees fleeing war and persecution across the globe. The Executive Order has the effect of reversing our country’s time honored policy of providing refuge to the world’s most persecuted peoples.
Refugees International condemns South Sudan’s announcement on January 11 that it will reject a regional protection force mandated by the United Nations Security Council. The South Sudanese government has shown itself both unwilling to and incapable of protecting its citizens, necessitating a robust response by the international community.
As snow and freezing temperatures impact refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants currently living in make-shift shelters in Greece, Refugees International urges the Greek government and the European Union to immediately provide adequate warm accommodations for those enduring harsh winter conditions in Greece’s refugee camps.
Refugees International is calling for immediate, full, and unfettered access for humanitarian assistance and for an independent international investigation into severe human rights abuses in northern Rakhine State in Myanmar. The international community must continue to engage the Government of Myanmar and push for the protection of the most vulnerable people in Rakhine State, including both Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists....