REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL DENOUNCES IMPENDING PLANS TO RETURN ROHINGYA REFUGEES, WELCOMES U.S. VICE PRESIDENT PENCE’S STATEMENTS IN MEETING WITH MYANMAR’S AUNG SAN SUU KYI
In August 2018, the Trump administration slashed more than half a billion dollars in U.S. assistance to Palestinians. Its first target was the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the main provider of relief, development, and protection services for Palestinians in need across the region. The administration also ended bilateral humanitarian and development assistance for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
Statement by Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, on Proposed Administration Rule and Anticipated Presidential Proclamation on Asylum:
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security memorandum on limiting access to asylum is appalling, and Refugees International is deeply alarmed about any presidential proclamation that would bar access to asylum to those entering the United States between U.S. ports of entry.
Statement from Eric Schwartz, President, Refugees International, on Secretary of State Pompeo’s announcement on the FY 2019 refugee ceiling:
Washington, D.C. — As a group of US-based humanitarian and development NGOs, we are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.
Jordan is one of the countries most affected by the Syrian crisis, now in its eighth year. A country of fewer than 10 million, Jordan hosts more than 750,000 registered refugees. The vast majority are from Syria, but Jordan also hosts tens of thousands of refugees from other countries, including Iraq, Yemen, and Sudan, and many more who are not registered.
Refugees International is deeply concerned by indications that the Assad regime and its international partners are preparing to launch a major military operation to capture Idlib province. Idlib is the largest remaining area not under government control in Syria. It is also home to up to three million civilians – almost half of whom have sought refuge in Idlib or were evacuated there to escape advances by Syrian government forces elsewhere in the country. An offensive in Idlib would likely result in a humanitarian catastrophe.
By Daniel Sullivan AUGUST 2018
For decades, armed conflicts have ravaged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), resulting in massive displacement and critical humanitarian needs. A complex mix of emergencies have plagued the country—from brutal armed violence to interethnic conflict to sweeping Cholera and Ebola epidemics. These emergencies, both acute and protracted, are being exacerbated by high social and political tensions in the lead up to national elections, which are scheduled for December 2018. The elections are two years overdue.
Daryl Grisgraber August 16, 2018
Francisca Vigaud-Walsh July 25, 2018
The following is testimony delivered by Senior Advocate for Human Rights Daniel P. Sullivan at a July 25, 2018 Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing on “Victims’ Rights in Burma.”
Thank you, Chairman McGovern, Chairman Hultgren, and members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for holding this important hearing.
By Jesse Marks and Hardin Lang
Eric Schwartz June 21, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order (EO) on June 20, entitled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation.” In that executive order, the president announced an intention to alter the policy of separating adult asylum seekers from their children by incarcerating adults and children together while the adults are undergoing criminal prosecution.
As we mark World Refugee Day 2018 on June 20, governments confront humanitarian challenges of enormous proportion, with more than 68 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) around the world. The U.S. government has long played a key role in helping meet the needs of refugees and IDPs. Thus, it is appropriate and important that Refugees International (RI) evaluates and offers a report card on the Trump administration’s progress on refugee and humanitarian protection.