02/14/2014
Fulfilling these recommendations would also better position the U.S. to advance its international leadership in proactive crisis response by strengthening a range of multilateral policy tools and diplomatic resources that have been impeded by recent Congressional budgetary processes and pressures.
06/25/2013
The Rohingya, a stateless minority of Myanmar, have endured decades of abuse, persecution and discrimination. One year ago, on 3 June 2012, the massacre of ten Muslims travelling in Rakhine State, following the killing and reported rape of a Buddhist woman, marked the beginning of a series of violent attacks against the Rohingya and other Muslim communities. The violence of June and October 2012 resulted in countless deaths, destruction to property, large scale internal displacement and segregation within Rakhine state of Myanmar. Consequently, thousands of Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and beyond.
03/04/2013
Refugees International strongly recommends the activation of a national-level CCCM cluster to jointly address the needs of displaced persons living in CCCM camps as well as those living in spontaneous settlements and with host families. To ensure that spontaneous sites are given equal priority, RI recommends that UNHCR and IOM co-lead the national cluster and work collaboratively to support displaced persons according to their needs and irrespective of their location. RI further recommends the creation of a Strategic Advisory Group to include government representatives, key UN agencies, and relevant NGO partners.
12/10/2012
As the situation once again dramatically deteriorates in eastern Congo, the U.S. response to the crisis has patently failed and is out of step with other Western nations. The United States must take immediate steps to address meaningfully one of the greatest ongoing humanitarian crises of our generation.
06/22/2012
Refugees International continues to be encouraged by the Security Council’s ongoing engagement on the issue of the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Despite a heightened recognition of the critical importance of protection of civilians to the work of the Security Council, as well as numerous tactical innovations at the field level, RI remains concerned about the inability of individual states, as well as the broader international community, to meet the widespread challenges that prevent individuals, particularly those forcibly displaced or at a heightened risk of statelessness, from living in safety and security during times of conflict.
01/24/2012
In advance of President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address, Refugees International would like to highlight the ongoing displacement crisis in the Horn of Africa. We urge President Obama to use the upcoming State of the Union Address to showcase U.S. leadership on this issue and the need for sustained, high-level attention to the plight of those impacted by drought and famine.
01/20/2012
Refugees International congratulates the U.S. Government on this impressive plan to empower women as partners in peace and security. Just a few years ago, such a strong, far-reaching plan would have been unthinkable, and we commend President Obama for his leadership on this issue.
10/12/2011
RI appreciates the important, and politically sensitive task that the Committee must perform over the coming months. We encourage Committee members and staff to seize the opportunity to return the U.S. to sound fiscal footing while safeguarding America's effective investments in lifesaving action and global leadership.
07/27/2011
We are very concerned about the ongoing conflict in Southern Kordofan that began on 5 June, and the devastating impact it is having on civilians. Without immediate intervention by the UN Security Council to ensure “eyes and ears” on the ground in Southern Kordofan, the grave risks to international peace and security presented by the ongoing crisis will remain unchecked, and the Security Council’s ability to protect civilians from further abuses will be substantially undermined.
02/04/2011
The United States Congress in deciding the future of funding for the Department of State and foreign operations in the FY2012 budget and appropriations bills. RI strongly believes that reducing support for vulnerable people in unstable countries would be a grave mistake for U.S. foreign policy.
01/21/2011
We respectfully ask you to call on Democrats and Republicans in the 112th Congress to work together to strengthen America’s global standing by continuing critical humanitarian engagement and investments. This would embrace America’s values of generosity and compassion by honoring the U.S. commitment to assist and protect the world’s most vulnerable people.
01/13/2011
In advance of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to Washington to honor the memory and contributions of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, I would like to highlight Refugees International’s (RI) concerns regarding critical humanitarian and human rights issues in Pakistan and urge you to raise them during your bilateral discussions.
11/11/2010
Minority communities on both sides of the north-south border require protection around the time of the referendum and in its aftermath.
10/20/2010
The broad and far-reaching implications of climate change on human rights mean that national governments must do more to protect vulnerable populations.
09/17/2010
Among the long list of issues that the two parties must resolve prior to the January 2011 referendum on southern indenpendence, citizenship and the protection of minority communities on either side of the border have the most potential to develop into serious humanitarian crises.
06/14/2010
For the past several years, Refugees International has been concerned about the lack of a coherent UN strategy for Sudan.
06/04/2010
As you visit with government leaders from Ecuador and Colombia next week, you have an opportunity to assert U.S. leadership in addressing one of the world’s worst displacement crises. Refugees International and the U.S. Office on Colombia urge you to prioritize assistance and protection to refugees and internally displaced people in your discussions with government officials, and ultimately take the opportunity to address the Colombian refugee crisis from a regional perspective.
06/04/2010
En las reuniones que sostendrá con lideres de Ecuador y Colombia la semana entrante, usted tendrá la oportunidad de demostrar el liderazgo de nuestra nación con respecto a la crisis humanitaria que representa el desplazamiento involuntario de personas desde sus lugares de origen.
06/02/2010
As the U.S. military presence in Iraq shrinks over the coming year, Refugees International urges you to work together to ensure that there is sufficient support and protection for vulnerable displaced Iraqis, both inside Iraq and in neighboring countries.
06/02/2010
As members of InterAction, the largest coalition of US-based international development and humanitarian NGOs, we are writing to express our very serious concerns about the number of vacancies at the top levels of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). While we commend you for your commitment to strengthening USAID and its capacity to lead the U.S. government’s foreign aid work, we are concerned about the continuing staffing delays at the agency’s highest levels.
05/11/2010
I did not want to miss this opportunity to pay tribute to you tonight for your six years of leadership and service as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Refugees International.
02/02/2010

We write to express our serious concerns for the safety and protection of the 4689 Lao Hmong who were forcibly returned by the Thai government from Ban Huay Nam Khao and Nong Khai to Laos on December 28, 2009.

01/14/2010
I write to highlight the plight of refugees and displaced people and to urge you to commit to a continued and vigorous humanitarian response, especially in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, in your State of the Union address. Your remarks are an opportunity to outline the role of the United States in responding to complex emergencies around the world, emphasize that the needs of the most vulnerable are central to U.S. values and security interests, and assure the American people that the United States will remain the world’s leader on humanitarian assistance.
11/20/2009
We applaud your leadership and commitment to addressing sexual violence in armed conflict. As you continue to monitor the situation in Sudan and work to facilitate effective humanitarian operations for Darfuris displaced in Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic, we the undersigned organizations urge you to ensure that programming for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGV) is recognized as essential and incorporated into the basic needs objectives for humanitarian operations in the region.
10/08/2009
As donors, including the U.S. and EU, meet next week to discuss in particular security sector reform in the DRC, we would like to urge you, as the Special Envoy for the Africa Great Lakes region, to take the following recommendations into account.
09/30/2009
We, the undersigned, write to thank Senator Jim Webb and the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs for holding a hearing on U.S.-Burma relations, and applaud efforts to find new ways to encourage dialogue with the Burmese people.
09/28/2009
I would like to thank you for your letter dated September 22. My colleagues and I appreciate the time that you took to respond to our latest DRC field report in detail. I want to stress at the outset that in the case of MONUC Refugees International’s basic approach is critical support --- we may point out problems and deficiencies, but always from a core perspective of appreciating the work that you do and the vital role that MONUC plays in developing a stable Congo where its people can live in safety and dignity.
08/10/2009
Refugees International (RI) is pleased to learn of your decision to visit Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo on August 11th. Very few Secretaries of State take the time to visit embattled, isolated places such as the eastern Congo and your decision to do so shows admirable commitment to easing the suffering of the Congolese people.
08/06/2009
Conflict and violence in Colombia, often directed at civilians, continues to force more than 250,000 people every year to abandon their homes and land and seek sanctuary elsewhere, including neighboring countries. Colombia’s forced displacement is the worst humanitarian crisis in the Americas, and second only to Sudan worldwide.
06/16/2009
We are writing to you as a member of the Board of Directors and the President of Refugees International, a Washington-based humanitarian advocacy organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. We are approaching you as the Foreign Minister of a leading Islamic state to express concern about the humanitarian situation in Pakistan and to urge your government to support the Pakistani government and the United Nations in responding to this crisis.
06/05/2009
Je vous écris pour féliciter le Burkina Faso pour ses efforts soutenus afin de donner une identité à ses citoyens, surtout aux nouveau-nés et jeunes enfants, à l’intérieur de ses frontières.
06/05/2009
I am writing to congratulate Burkina Faso on its revitalized effort to give an identity, particularly to newborn
and young children, within the country’s borders.
04/14/2009
El Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL), el Centro Robert F. Kennedy para la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos y Refugees International, organizaciones que trabajamos por la defensa y promoción de los derechos humanos en el hemisferio americano, en esta oportunidad, nos dirigimos al Gobierno dominicano para manifestar nuestra inquietud con respeto al artículo 16 del Anteproyecto de Reforma Constitucional actualmente en debate en la Asamblea Nacional dominicana.
04/14/2009
The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Refugees International, are non-governmental organizations that work to promote and defend human rights in the American hemisphere. We write to express our concern with regard to draft Article 16 of the proposed Constitutional reform, which is currently being debated in the Dominican National Assembly.
03/04/2009
We, the undersigned 44 U.S. organizations, represent concerned Americans and thousands of individuals who are committed to providing the people of Iraq with effective humanitarian and development assistance. At this critical juncture, the United States must continue to strongly engage Iraqis in the recovery, rebuilding and renewal of their country.

 

02/09/2009

Even before the main thrust of military action has begun, the joint operations have already sparked significant displacement in North and South Kivu. While estimates of numbers remain tentative, people have fled in response to warnings of imminent combat, actual outbreaks of fighting, and just plain fear, adding to the 1.2 million already displaced in earlier waves of fighting.

02/09/2009
Même avant le déclenchement des activités militaires principales, les opérations conjointes ont déjà provoqué des déplacements majeurs au Nord et Sud Kivu. Si l’évaluation des chiffres n’est que provisoire, de nombreuses personnes se sont enfuies suite au début des combats et aux avertissements de combat imminent, ainsi que tout simplement par peur, venant s’ajouter aux 1,2 million de personnes déjà déplacées au cours des précédentes vagues de combat.
02/07/2009
The Rohingya have been rendered stateless in Burma and have experienced systematic discrimination, exclusion, and human rights violations in Burma for decades, prompting hundreds of thousands to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, most notably Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand.  Most are without legal status and are vulnerable to arrest, imprisonment, detention and deportation.
12/22/2008
Internal displacement continues to be one of the most challenging humanitarian problems of our time.  As a leading donor and voice in the humanitarian field, it is essential that the United States address this problem.
09/23/2008
Now is not the time to curtail engagement with Burma on humanitarian issues. If funding is cut off in 2009, the operating environment for NGOs and community organizations may return to restrictive pre-cyclone restrictions.
09/02/2008

Over four million Iraqis have been forced from their homes due to the intense violence in their country, with nearly half seeking refuge in neighboring countries and half displaced in different governorates inside Iraq. The United States, through Congressional leadership, has improved its response to the needs of vulnerable Iraqis, through an increase in humanitarian funding and an increase in the refugee resettlement program, yet more still needs to be done.

07/31/2008
Since the beginning of the 2003 war, millions of Iraqis have been displaced inside Iraq and throughout the region. The U.S. response is incommensurate with the scope of the need. Equally troubling is the fact that there seems to be no clear long-term strategy to address the crisis that is likely to become a protracted one.
05/14/2008

Pre-cyclone conditions ranked Burma as one of the poorest countries in the world. Those who have lost their homes, crops, and means of livelihood will shortly be dependent on international assistance. Without it many will die.

03/17/2008

The movement of refugees is on a scale not seen in the Middle East since 1948, and although more international attention has focused on the issue in the last 12 months, far too little has been done to tackle the displacement crisis. The US, the UK, and the Iraqi governments should be doing much more to lead a rapid, comprehensive and robust international response, both from a humanitarian point of view and in the interests of long-term regional stability.

03/13/2008
Globally, the military is filling a vacuum created by shrinking civilian capacity, and the result will be short-term solutions for the vexing and enduring challenges facing the world’s “bottom billion”. The militarization of aid in pursuit of national security objectives will not enhance US ability to achieve its foreign policy goals – including prevailing in the war against terrorism.
02/08/2008

The nations of Africa have a long history of insecurity and instability. Today, the continent holds the highest number of people displaced due to conflict in the world, and their access to basic services such as clean water, food, healthcare and education is largely inadequate.

01/18/2008

With over two million Iraqi refugees in neighboring countries and 2.4 million displaced within their own country, Iraq is one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises and threatens to undermine regional stability. Despite its scale, the international response, including that of the United Nations, has been woefully inadequate.

01/02/2008

Over 4.5 million Iraqis have been displaced since 2003, with nearly 2.5 million Iraqi civilians fleeing to neighboring countries, and over 2 million displaced internally within Iraq. This displacement crisis has grave humanitarian implications as well as potential negative ramifications for regional security.

07/25/2007

Iraq, the US and the Arab league must do more to ensure that refugees receive the protection and assistance they deserve. Without decisive leadership, the health and lives of thousands of refugees and the stability of the region are at risk.

01/29/2007

MONUC, the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission, has played a crucial role in the DRC’s progress, but now needs to evolve to help consolidate peace while leading efforts to rebuild. While peace has returned to many parts of the east, pockets of insecurity, abuse, displacement, and need persist.