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....
As Syrian and Russian forces continue their brutal assault on Aleppo, thousands of people remain trapped in the city – innocent men, women, and children who face death with each passing hour. This human tragedy shocks and horrifies us all.
As the country comes together and moves forward following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, Refugees International reaffirms its commitment to work on behalf of the world’s 65 million refugees and displaced people.
Refugees International is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Wilmar Córdoba, son of Marino Córdoba, the president of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES). Wilmar was assassinated yesterday, October 24, 2016, following months of threats against AFRODES and its dedicated leaders and staff.
Refugees International (RI) is deeply concerned about the deaths reported in recent attacks on border guard stations and in subsequent security searches in Maungdaw district in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
While today’s Nobel Peace Prize announcement importantly acknowledges Colombia’s considerable efforts to end its 50-year civil war, the future of the agreement and more importantly, the future of the Colombian people is now in question.
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.
Refugees International applauds President Barack Obama’s leadership in hosting the September 20th Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. For the more than 21 million refugees worldwide on which this summit will focus, this Summit comes at an urgent and critical time
In light of the current global displacement crisis, the largest witnessed since World War II, Refugees International welcomes the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, a high-level plenary meeting of the U.N. General Assembly
We acknowledge and deeply appreciate the U.S. government’s leadership on the humanitarian response in Iraq. This assistance has saved lives and made a genuine difference in IDPs’ well-being. Nonetheless, a larger group of concerned international donors must get involved in humanitarian assistance to Iraq in order to address the situation more effectively.
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.
Today, more than 120,000 United Nations peacekeepers are deployed within 16 operations across the globe. They are increasingly sent into the most dangerous and desperate of conflict zones, with mandates that are broader and more challenging than ever before. Sensing that these unprecedented demands had stretched the UN to the breaking point, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon established a high-level independent panel in October 2014 to “make a comprehensive assessment of the state of UN peace operations today, and the emerging needs of the future.” The panel is expected to deliver a draft report to the Secretary General in May 2015, with the final report made public during the UN General Assembly in September 2015.