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Wednesday’s conference on statelessness and the right to nationality in the Dominican Republic (DR) saw presenters from many countries and fields of work join in a constructive dialogue.
This example of statelessness, caused by the retroactive loss of nationality rights for Dominicans of Haitian descent in the DR’s new constitution, has been a major source of civil strife. It has left many without access to their rights, and has shaken their most basic sense of who they are and where they belong.
Today, leaders from government, civil society, and the UN gathered at the US Institute of Peace to explore statelessness and its impact on women worldwide. The Institute's sparkling new headquarters played host to an insightful and inspiring discussion - a fitting kick-off for a week full of stateless advocacy here at RI.
At the National Press Club today, members of the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping (PEP) unveiled their new report, "US Engagement in International Peacekeeping: From Aspiration to Implementation." RI was proud to co-host the event with our other PEP partners, the Better World Campaign and Citizens for Global Solutions.
Refugees International traveled last week to Agok, on the southern side of the Kirr River, to look into the living conditions of tens of thousands of displaced Abyei residents. When Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) troops attacked Abyei Town in May of this year – before South Sudan became fully independent – about 100,000 people fled to this small town and farther south into Warrap and neighboring states.
“Look at this,” the senior UN aid worker said to me, pointing to one of the many barbed-wire fences surrounding the Dadaab refugee camp. “This may look like a refugee camp, but it is really the world’s largest detention center.”
Dadaab is located in Kenya, 50 miles from the porous Somali border. Unified only by its drapes of plastic sheeting marked with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) logo, Dadaab is a cramped cacophony of tents, aluminum shacks, and even brick homes, that spans roughly 19 square miles.
Today, Liberians head to the polls in the country's second presidential election since the end of a brutal fourteen-year civil war.
In 2009, I lived and worked in Liberia, and got to experience first-hand the diverse civil society that the country is famous for. During my time there, I met the National Election Council's (NEC) chairwoman Elisabeth Nelson, the first woman to hold the post. The NEC is crucial to making sure that all Liberians are engaged in a fair, transparent political process - and this includes women.