As Olympics Begin, a Reason to Celebrate

By Michael Boyce

By now you may have heard that refugee marathoner Guor Marial, who was featured on this blog last week, has been allowed to compete as an independent athlete at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The decision, which was confirmed to RI in a letter from International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, is a triumph for Guor and his supporters - some of whom worked tirelessly for months to make his Olympic dream a reality. 

Two Cases Show a World Divided on Nationality Rights

By Sarnata Reynolds
These are strange times. Last week, Guor Marial, a marathoner originating from South Sudan, was permitted to run as an independent athlete at the Olympics because he holds no passport. But just a few days before, Emirati activist Ahmed Abdul Khaleq was deported from the UAE (the only country he has ever lived in) because he spoke out for the rights of stateless people.

Sudan Refugee's Olympic Dreams in Jeopardy

By Michael Boyce

This week, thousands of athletes and staff are arriving in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which kick off on July 27. But there is one deserving athlete whose invitation hasn't yet arrived. His name is Guor Marial, and last month he qualified for the Olympic marathon with the blistering time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, and 55 seconds.

Time for Khartoum to Recount the Cost of War

By Michael Boyce

The protest movement that is now surging through Sudan has been building gradually for months. In the last two weeks, however, public outrage against the government has boiled over – not only in Khartoum, but in other major cities as well.

Bangladesh Breaks the Law by Turning Back Rohingya

By Melanie Teff

One of the most persecuted groups in the world is now facing more violence and suffering, yet help is being denied them.

In recent weeks, Bangladesh has turned back more than 2,000 people seeking refuge from communal violence in Burma’s Rakhine State. These refugees were fleeing targeted attacks on the Muslim Rohingya community, and refusing them entry puts Bangladesh in violation of international law.

Israel's Deportation of "South Sudanese" Worrying

By Sarnata Reynolds
Having just returned from the new nation of South Sudan where I assessed the risk of statelessness, I am very worried about Israel's decision to arrest, jail, and deport all 1500 of that country’s "South Sudanese."

Senate Bill Makes Displaced a Priority

By Marc Hanson

Yesterday, we got a preview of a rare good-news story out of Congress: If the Senate has its way, America won’t abandon its commitments to the world’s most vulnerable and persecuted.

While President Obama recently received praise for reducing the rate of U.S. government spending, it’s Congress that must that must make the hard decisions about to how to prioritize funding trade-offs.

A Frustrated Council Puts Pressure on Sudans

By Michelle Brown

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday demanding that Sudan and South Sudan immediately stop fighting and conclude negotiations within three months on the issues of citizenship, oil revenue sharing, borders, and the status of Abyei. 

Sudan Clashes Have Huge Costs Beyond Battlefield

By Sarnata Reynolds

The recent conflict between Sudan and South Sudan has seen civilians in border areas subjected to brutal attacks by both sides. However, as I found while in South Sudan last week, the impact of this conflict goes far beyond the disputed areas of Heglig or Abyei, threatening many more lives.

Prior to the most recent round of fighting, millions of Sudanese on both sides of the border were already displaced and vulnerable - from the restive Sudanese states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, to South Sudanese villages emptied by tribal conflicts.

Bureaucratic Mess in Juba Puts Millions on Path to Statelessness

By Sarnata Reynolds

The ongoing conflict between the Sudans affects daily life for everyone here, whether through fuel shortages or price inflation. But beyond the conflict zone itself, few have been more affected than the hundreds of thousands of southern Sudanese returning from the north.

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