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Posts Tagged ‘Refugees’

Help urgently needed for South Sudanese refugees

UNHCR photo   By Male Daniel The Government of Uganda and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed over the week to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive in Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food.

The Saudi war on Yemen enters its third year

Khaled Abdullah/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian This month marks two full years since the start of the Saudi-led, US-supported war on Yemen. As this war completes two years, involving a blockade of Yemen and the consequent collapse of the nation’s economy, the prospect of famine is now appearing very real.

IFRC launches emergency appeal for Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

AP photo   By Sheuli Akter Thousands of people who have sought refuge in south eastern Bangladesh, having fled violence in the northern area of Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar are now living in unplanned and overcrowded settlements where living conditions are extremely poor.

South Sudan refugee crisis escalates: Uganda and region in urgent need of assistance

UNHCR photo   By Male Daniel Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

South Sudan refugees pass 1.5 million

B. Gezahegne   By Male Daniel The United Nation High Commission for Refugees stated that South Sudan has become Africa’s largest refugee crisis “With no solution in sight, refugee numbers from South Sudan crossing the 1.5 million mark.”

Trump’s seven first steps to sabotage human rights

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Since taking over at the White House, US President Donald Trump has wasted little time putting into action his poisonous campaign rhetoric. In his first couple of weeks in office, he pushed through a series of repressive executive orders that threaten the human rights of millions at home and […]

Trump’s immigration policy and the war within America

Justin Sullivan/AFP   By Ogunniyi Abayomi Immigration was born out of slavery, war and ethnic clashes, ensuing individuals to seek greener pastures across the border. Events and the tragedies of terror within Arab and African societies prompted the sympathetic movement of migrating to the west, absconding the horrendous atmosphere across their regions.

Trump signs new executive orders at the Pentagon

UPI photo   By Kanwal Abidi President Trump, on Friday at the Pentagon, signed an Executive Order that he said would provide a thorough vetting of refugees to ensure that terrorists cannot get into the United States.

President Erdogan’s sins

By Sami Jamil Jadallah With the rising anger toward Turkey in the Arab world, perhaps I am one of the few who truly believes in the Turkish Miracle under the leadership of then President Abdullah Gul and now President Recep Erdogan and the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP).

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2017?

Antonio Parrinello/Reuters   By Umberto Bacchi After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

Still unbeatable? Truck attack shows Merkel’s vulnerability

Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters   By Noah Barkin For months, Germany’s Angela Merkel has looked like the one safe bet in European politics. As Britain’s David Cameron, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and France’s Francois Hollande all succumbed to the scorn of angry voters, the German chancellor promised to fight for a fourth term and seemed destined to win […]

The unforgivable silence of Suu Kyi and the dismay of a Nobel laureate

By Abu Sufian The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi is widely known as ‘a democracy hero’ and/or ‘Human Rights Champion’ in her home country Myanmar and beyond. Without a shred of doubt, she contributed to her country and tried to restore democracy over and over again, showing her strong resilience against […]

Jordan has survived the Arab Spring turmoil, ISIS and the Syrian regime plots

AFP photo   By Nehad Ismail Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals and wars despite the opinion of a number of prominent commentators who warned that the country might easily be swept away in the wake of the Arab […]

No let-up on illegal African migration to Europe

Aris Messinis/AFP   By Joe Khamisi “Just like a Slavery Boat” was one of the headlines the New York Times recently chose to describe the dehumanizing conditions in decrepit wooden boats African migrants use to escape misery, authoritarian regimes, ethnic massacres and poverty, to seek a better life in Europe.

Observations of an Expat: The Modern Victim State

Josh Haner   By Tom Arms The residents of the Marshall Islands are the ultimate modern age victims. If they don’t die from cancer inflicted by nuclear testing they will drown from rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail Hybrid Court to try war crimes

Simon Maina/AFP   By Amnesty International Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail justice for crimes committed during the deadly conflict that began in December 2013, said human rights NGO Amnesty International and FIDH in a joint briefing published yesterday.

Observations of an Expat: Haiti—Land of Extremes

Dieu Nalio Cherry/AP   By Tom Arms Haiti is a land of extremes. Unfortunately they are all the worst kind. It is extremely poor, extremely corrupt, extremely violent and now—extremely devastated.

Refugee crisis set to get worse, not better

UNICEF photo   By Amnesty International Wealthy countries have shown a complete absence of leadership and responsibility, leaving just ten countries, which account for less than 2.5% of world GDP, to take in 56% of the world’s refugees, said Amnesty International in a comprehensive assessment of the global refugee crisis published.

South Sudan crisis increases as civilians flee insecurity

By Peter Louis Nearly three years after conflict erupted in South Sudan, the regional impact of the crisis is rising alarmingly as the number of South Sudanese crossing international borders in search of safety grows each day.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: God Bless, Not Bash, America

By Cynthia M. Lardner   Prologue   Having been an American expat living in the Netherlands for a year now, I have listened to vociferous criticism of the United States. There seems to exist an international sentiment that the U.S. is singularly responsible for resolving every conflict and handling every crisis. One recent article went […]

UAE delivers emergency aid to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Isaac Kasamani/AFP   By Gloria Nakiyimba The United Arab Emirates has joined UNHCR to provide much needed relief items to South Sudanese refugees currently hosted in northern Uganda.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Vladimir Putin’s MENA

Joseph Eid/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner The Russian Federation is no longer the superpower as that term was defined post-World War II. After the illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggressions in Ukraine, the West suspended Russia’s G8 membership and imposed vast economic sanctions devastating the ruble. By most accounts this left Russia a […]

Observations of an Expat: Hope of millions vs Fear of Millions

Rodi Said/Reuters   By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.

Syria rebels guardedly agree on truce but battles persist

Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters   By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry Government troops and insurgents fought in several parts of Syria on Sunday, apparently seeking to strengthen their positions on the eve of a ceasefire that Free Syrian Army rebels said they would observe but with major reservations.

A Beacon of Justice, Security and Rule of Law: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Frank Augstein/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is widely viewed as the most powerful woman not only in the EU but in the world. Today, Ms. Merkel is confronted with widespread criticism primarily from fringe groups in Germany threatening Germany’s long-standing status as being a leader in justice, security and […]

Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

Guang Niu   By Cynthia M. Lardner Genocide and ethnic cleansing, forms of Scientific Racism, have been around since the beginning of time. Since the Holocaust, various conventions and treaties have been entered into making genocide a crime and ethnic cleansing a crime against humanity. International tribunals have been created, at great expense, to acknowledge […]

Cholera hits refugee camps as food rations reduce

Moses Mukitale   By Gloria Nakiyimba The Government of Uganda and UN Refugee Agency-UNHCR are implementing measures to contain an outbreak of Cholera in Pagirinya refugee camp in Adjuman.

Children held at Australian camp suffer assaults and sexual abuse – leaked documents

David Gray/Reuters   By Colin Packham More than 2,000 incidents, including sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, were reported in about two years at an Australian detention centre for asylum seekers in Nauru, more than half involving children, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Observations of an Expat: Erdogan and Putin cosy up

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms What is Erdogan up to? Whatever it is, it has Putin turning cartwheels through the Kremlin corridors.