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25 Oct 2018 description

The undersigned local, regional, and international organizations follow with great concern the military operations across Yemen and the collapsed September 2018 Geneva peace talks. The Yemen war has led to an economic and social collapse, including a currency crisis which puts millions of Yemenis on the verge of famine.

Recalling the August 2018 report of the UN Group of Eminent Experts, which found that all parties to the conflict have committed grave human rights violations, including some that may amount to war crimes, the undersigned organizations:

12 Dec 2017 description

Inaction Will Enable Further Abuse of Vulnerable Rohingya

(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, Human Rights Watch and 80 other nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint appeal to the council.

30 Jun 2017 description

Dear Mr. President,

We write on behalf of 10 non-governmental organizations with experience and expertise on the ongoing crisis in Syria regarding your upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 meeting in Hamburg on July 7-8, 2017. During your meeting, we ask that you address the gross violation of humanitarian norms that has characterized the violence in Syria, a conflict which now has killed and displaced millions of civilians, creating the largest flow of refugees since the Second World War.

25 Oct 2016 description
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(New York) – The United Nations General Assembly will select new members for the Human Rights Council in elections to be held in New York on October 28. Russia is running against Hungary and Croatia for a chance to represent the Eastern European group at the world’s foremost human rights body.

24 Sep 2014 description
report Human Rights First

Over the last few months, national attention has focused on the increase in Central American migrants apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley after crossing the southern border. These migrants, primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, include unaccompanied children, parents with children, and adults. Some are seeking to reunite with family in the United States. Many are fleeing violence and persecution in their home country and have requested asylum or other protection in the United States.

15 May 2014 description

(New York) – Over one hundred civil society groups from around the world issued the following statement today to urge the United Nations Security Council to approve a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:

We, the undersigned civil society groups, urge United Nations Security Council members to approve a draft resolution supported by a broad coalition of countries that would refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

07 Nov 2013 description
report Human Rights First

New York City – As Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Amman, Jordan to discuss a range of bilateral issues, Human Rights First urges him to speak publicly about the Syrian refugee crisis and to stress the importance of allowing civilians fleeing the violence in Syria to access protection in states neighboring Syria and beyond.

Human Rights First researchers are in the region assessing the challenges facing Syrian refugees. In Jordan, they interviewed over 50 refugees last week, and met with numerous aid workers and other key stakeholders before traveling to Turkey.

18 May 2012 description
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees are often among the most vulnerable and isolated of refugees. This is especially true in places where they are at heightened risk due to violent attacks, discrimination, and laws that criminalize same-sex relations. In addition, in many countries around the world, LGBTI refugees are targets of bias-motivated attacks and sexual and gender-based violence. Around seventy-six countries criminalize consensual same-sex conduct.

15 Dec 2010 description
report Human Rights First

Washington, DC - This holiday season, thousands of Iraqi refugees - including Iraqi Christians and other religious and sexual minorities, as well as U.S.affilitated Iraqis - are living in limbo in the Middle East region, struggling to survive outside of Iraq with limited ability to exercise their basic rights, obtain formal employment or access services such as education and heath care.

12 Nov 2010 description
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Washington, DC - In the wake of a series of Baghdad bomb explosions targeting Christians, Human Rights First's Eleanor Acer issued the following statement highlighting concerns about Iraq's minorities and Iraqi refugees:

"These recent attacks raise renewed concerns about the safety of religious and other minorities in Iraq, as well as the ability of the Iraqi government to protect its people from violence.

01 Sep 2010 description
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Washington, DC - As a group of representatives from governments, civil society and academia meet in Geneva today to participate in a Roundtable discussion on how to better protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees, Human Rights First urges the UN refugee agency - UNHCR - to continue to undertake concrete steps to ensure LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers are protected on the basis of equality and dignity.

26 Aug 2010 description
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By Ruthie Epstein, Researcher & Advocate, Refugee Protection Program

On Tuesday, the U.S. military said that the number of troops in Iraq fell below 50,000, in line with President Obama's promise to end the U.S. combat mission by August 31. As media and public attention shift from Iraq, the Obama administration must not abandon its obligation to lead the way in finding solutions for Iraqis displaced by the war - now numbering up to 2 million. It's not only the morally responsible thing to do, given the U.S.

22 Jul 2010 description
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Human Rights First applauds the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe for holding a hearing on Iraqi refugees and allies and for drawing attention to the serious protection difficulties that Iraqi refugees and U.S.-affiliated Iraqis continue to face throughout the Middle East, including in Iraq itself. In particular, we commend the leadership of Chairman Benjamin L.

14 Jul 2010 description


Renewing the PledgeThe clock is ticking fast towards what might be the most important date in modern sudanese history - two referenda in Sudan that are likely to result in the breakup of Africa's largest state. With six months remaining until 9 January 2011, the scheduled date of the referenda, the run-up to, and outcome of, the vote must be managed with extreme care.

21 May 2010 description
report Human Rights First

By Jesse Bernstein, Senior Associate, and Ruthie Epstein, Researcher and Advocate, Refugee Protection Program

The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies recently issued a new report finding that U.S. efforts to bring U.S.-affiliated Iraqis to safety still fail to meet the needs of tens of thousands of Iraqis at risk because of their work with the U.S. government or U.S. organizations and media outlets.

The List Project's Kirk Johnson warns that a U.S.

23 Apr 2010 description
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By Jesse Bernstein- Pennoyer Fellow/Senior Associate Refugee Protection Program, and Parastou Hassouri

AMMAN - Fatima is a single mother who fled Iraq after militia had kidnapped her father and brother. She herself was threatened for being the only female Iraqi employee of a U.S. company in Iraq. As a divorced woman in Amman, Fatima is particularly vulnerable; she is being stalked by a Jordanian man who physically abused her once and threatened to have her deported. Fatima's savings are also running out.

04 Mar 2010 description
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Sunday's Election Offers Opportunity to Reengage Iraqi Leadership on Key Issues Affecting Iraq's Stability

Washington, DC - Following this Sunday's nationwide parliamentary election in Iraq, Human Rights First is urging the U.S. government to robustly lead international efforts to support incoming Iraqi lawmakers in finding solutions for displaced Iraqis and strengthening protection for the nation's minority groups. The organization notes that improving conditions for displaced Iraqis will ultimately strengthen Iraq's long-term stability and security.