Statelessness and Nationality in the Dominican Republic

By Sarnata Reynolds

Wednesday’s conference on statelessness and the right to nationality in the Dominican Republic (DR) saw presenters from many countries and fields of work join in a constructive dialogue.

This example of statelessness, caused by the retroactive loss of nationality rights for Dominicans of Haitian descent in the DR’s new constitution, has been a major source of civil strife. It has left many without access to their rights, and has shaken their most basic sense of who they are and where they belong.

Bringing Stateless "Out of the Shadows"

By Michael Boyce

Today, leaders from government, civil society, and the UN gathered at the US Institute of Peace to explore statelessness and its impact on women worldwide. The Institute's sparkling new headquarters played host to an insightful and inspiring discussion - a fitting kick-off for a week full of stateless advocacy here at RI.

Kuwaitis Push Back on Bidoun Rights

By Michael Boyce
This weekend, Kuwaiti officials attempted to rebuff international criticism of the country's nationality policy - specifically, its persistent discrimination against the stateless bidoun.

US Engagement in International Peacekeeping

By Michael Boyce

At the National Press Club today, members of the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping (PEP) unveiled their new report, "US Engagement in International Peacekeeping: From Aspiration to Implementation." RI was proud to co-host the event with our other PEP partners, the Better World Campaign and Citizens for Global Solutions.

Agok: State of Limbo in South Sudan

By Peter Orr

Refugees International traveled last week to Agok, on the southern side of the Kirr River, to look into the living conditions of tens of thousands of displaced Abyei residents. When Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) troops attacked Abyei Town in May of this year – before South Sudan became fully independent – about 100,000 people fled to this small town and farther south into Warrap and neighboring states.

The World’s Largest Detention Center

By Ariela Blätter

“Look at this,” the senior UN aid worker said to me, pointing to one of the many barbed-wire fences surrounding the Dadaab refugee camp. “This may look like a refugee camp, but it is really the world’s largest detention center.”

Dadaab is located in Kenya, 50 miles from the porous Somali border. Unified only by its drapes of plastic sheeting marked with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) logo, Dadaab is a cramped cacophony of tents, aluminum shacks, and even brick homes, that spans roughly 19 square miles.

It's Election Day in Liberia!

By Kristen Cordell

Today, Liberians head to the polls in the country's second presidential election since the end of a brutal fourteen-year civil war.

In 2009, I lived and worked in Liberia, and got to experience first-hand the diverse civil society that the country is famous for. During my time there, I met the National Election Council's (NEC) chairwoman Elisabeth Nelson, the first woman to hold the post. The NEC is crucial to making sure that all Liberians are engaged in a fair, transparent political process - and this includes women.

Burma: Adding a Third Dimension

By Lynn Yoshikawa

The International Crisis Group’s (ICG) recent report, “Myanmar: Major Reform Underway,” has re-ignited the intense debate between the Burma policy community’s pro-engagement and pro-isolation camps.

South Sudan’s Returnees Stranded and Starving

By Peter Orr
During our recent visit to Juba’s bustling port , returning South Sudanese told us about their trying journey from the north. Infrequent and hugely expensive transport down the Nile was part of the narrative, as was a shortage of supplies. But we wanted to evaluate these problems first-hand, so my colleague Takawira and I packed up and headed to the border town of Renk. What we saw there was deeply troubling.