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06 Jun 2002 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Afghan refugees and displaced persons, the victims first of Taliban persecution and then of the fighting and bombing to oust the Taliban, have been a largely ignored afterthought in the international community's "Great Game" of war and politics played out in and around their country, according to the World Refugee Survey 2002, a new annual report published today by the U.S. Committee for Refugees.

10 Dec 2001 description

Washington, DC, December 10 - The U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) today called upon the governments of Iran and Pakistan to provide temporary asylum to thousands of Afghan asylum seekers stranded at their borders. These displaced persons are without food or shelter because Iranian and Pakistani authorities have denied them entry to camps for Afghan refugees.

03 Dec 2001 description

Washington, DC, December 3- The U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) today condemned Iran and Pakistan for deporting thousands of Afghan refugees in recent days. Although several thousand Afghan refugees have returned home voluntarily from Iran since the Northern Alliance pushed the Taliban out of most of northern and western Afghanistan, Iran has forcibly returned other Afghans, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

30 Oct 2001 description

Closed Borders Pose Even Greater Security Threat

11 Oct 2001 description

Margaret Emery, Hiram Ruiz and Jeff Drumtra
(The authors are policy analysts for the US Committee for Refugees.)

10 Oct 2001 description

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) today issued qualified support for the U.S. government's plan to airdrop food aid to civilians in Afghanistan, calling such air drops expensive, ineffective, and risky, but recognizing that, at the moment, they are one of the only means available to the international community to reach Afghan civilians at risk.

01 Oct 2001 description

As the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) finalized this issue paper on the insecure position of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, terrorists carried out horrific attacks in New York and Washington that left thousands dead. Within hours, U.S. authorities began to investigate who might be responsible for the attacks. Attention quickly focused on Osama bin Laden, the man who the U.S. government believes masterminded the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

31 Jul 2001 description

(In July, Refugee Reports staff writer Hiram A. Ruiz completed his second site visit to Pakistan this year. He visited recently arrived refugees, "long-term" refugees in camps, and urban refugees living in Peshawar and Islamabad. He also met with Pakistan government and UN officials, representatives of donor governments, and staff of international and local nongovernmental organizations. The following article describes Ruiz’s findings on the increasingly precarious situation for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.)

27 Jul 2001 description

Today, the U.S. Committee for Refugees expressed concern to the government of Pakistan regarding the repatriation of Afghan refugees from Nasir Bagh camp in Peshawar. In a letter to the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, USCR senior policy analyst Hiram A. Ruiz said, "We urge your government to investigate reports that local authorities may be pressuring Nasir Bagh residents...

19 Jun 2001 description

At the end of 2000, some 3.6 million Afghans were living as refugees in other countries. A large majority were in Pakistan and Iran, which hosted 2 million and 1.48 million, respectively. Some 38,000 were in other countries in the region. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), some 172,000 Afghans fled to Pakistan during the year, and 28,790 sought asylum in Europe.

04 May 2001 description

Kenya - Shelter

Shelters for refugees collapsed in rains and were not immediately rebuilt because of budget constraints. Homeless refugees were forced to sleep in school buildings, causing disruptions to education programs for refugee children.

Djibouti - Food

Funding constraints forced a two-month suspension of programs for malnourished refugee children at two feeding centers. Malnutrition rates increased among some of the country's 20,000 refugees.

Congo-Kinshasa - Protection

02 Feb 2001 description

USCR's senior policy analyst for Asia, Hiram A. Ruiz, visited Afghanistan and Pakistan in mid-January 2001. Following are some of Ruiz's observations regarding the situation in Pakistan:

18 Sep 2000 description

The foreign operations appropriations bill for FY 2001 is currently being acted on by the Senate and will soon go to a conference committee. Within this bill is funding for the Migration and Refugee Affairs (MRA) account. From the MRA account the U.S. makes contributions to UNHCR, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and others who protect and assist refugees around the world.