• 10/01/2008
    Burundi is facing enormous challenges reintegrating thousands of refugees who spent decades in exile. To ensure long-term stability, the government of Burundi should address more vigorously land and property disputes between returnees and residents, and donor countries should strengthen local government bodies and help them boost services and livelihood opportunities for returnees.
  • 09/25/2008
    For the first time since Bangladesh gained independence in 1971, Urdu speaking minorities will be eligible to vote in December’s parliamentary elections. A High Court judgment last May confirmed the group’s rights to Bangladeshi citizenship, ending nearly four decades of political and socio-economic exclusion.
  • 09/17/2008
    Kuwait must begin immediate and transparent reviews of all bidun cases towards providing naturalization and at the same time consider undertaking a tolerance campaign to address discrimination in the society at large. Kuwait should provide civil registry and social services equitably, particularly ensuring that birth certificates, inclusive of name, are provided for all children. The Government of Kuwait must move to resolve statelessness within its borders.
  • 09/04/2008
    Three months after Cyclone Nargis, the world has an outdated image of the situation inside Burma. Although aid agencies delivered assistance within days after the storm and continue to do so, the story of a recalcitrant government that rejects aid from the generous nations of the world has not been updated.
  • 08/04/2008

    To promote peace and stability in the region, donors should provide increased funding to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) so that Sudanese refugees who wish to return home from Uganda can do so safely, voluntarily, and in dignity. Assistance will also be needed for those who wish to integrate locally. At the same time, the threat of new violence in south Sudan requires ongoing space for refugees to seek asylum in Uganda. This will be enhanced by ensuring that former refugee settlement areas are rehabilitated and handed over to the local authorities in good condition.

  • 07/29/2008

    Increasing numbers of Colombians are fleeing their homes in several regions of the country and continue to face serious vulnerability.  Despite greater security in urban centers and improvements in funding and the legal aspects of the government’s emergency response system for new displacements, the large numbers of newly displaced people are overwhelming the capacity of the government and humanitarian agencies.

  • 07/29/2008
    Se incrementa el número de colombianos que escapan de sus casas en varias regiones del país y siguen afrontando un alto grado de vulnerabilidad. A pesar que hay mayor seguridad en centros urbanos, más recursos financieros y un gran marco normativo que incluye un sistema de respuesta para la emergencia en caso de nuevos desplazamientos, la gran cantidad de personas recién desplazadas desborda la capacidad de las agencias de gobierno y humanitarias. Los presupuestos de las administraciones locales y sus infraestructuras afrontan esa enorme tensión y las distancias de las áreas donde ocurre el desplazamiento también complica la respuesta humanitaria.
  • 07/24/2008

    Malgré la présence d’une force militaire de l’Union européenne à l’est du Tchad, des mouvements rebelles, la violence intercommunautaire, des attaques transfrontalières et le banditisme sont endémiques. Les civils et le personnel humanitaire sont régulièrement attaqués et une insécurité continuelle entrave la distribution de l’aide humanitaire. Pour augmenter la stabilité au Tchad, le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies doit renforcer la mission de maintien de l’ordre de l’ONU (MINURCAT), augmenter les efforts pour la réforme du secteur de la justice et donner la possibilité au responsable civil de la mission de l’ONU de s’engager dans des efforts politiques en vue de la stabilisation et de la réconciliation.

  • 07/24/2008
    Les agences d’aide internationale et les pays donateurs devraient développer des stratégies pour promouvoir des solutions durables pour les personnes déplacées internes (PDI) dans l’est du Tchad et pour diminuer la dépendance des réfugiés soudanais à l’assistance extérieure.
  • 07/24/2008
    Despite the presence of a European Union military force in eastern Chad, rebel movements, inter-communal violence, cross border attacks and banditry are rampant. Civilians and humanitarian staff are routinely attacked and ongoing insecurity is hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid. To increase stability in Chad, the United Nations Security Council must strengthen the UN policing mission (MINURCAT), increase efforts for justice sector reform and give the civilian head of the UN mission the ability to engage in political efforts towards stabilization and reconciliation.
  • 07/24/2008
    International aid agencies and donor governments should develop strategies to promote durable solutions for internally displaced people (IDPs) in eastern Chad and to decrease Sudanese refugees’ dependence on outside assistance.
  • 07/21/2008

    Peace negotiations over the past two years between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have produced tangible gains for the north which must not be lost.  Despite the fact that LRA leader Joseph Kony has not signed the Final Peace Agreement, improved security has meant that many internally displaced people (IDPs) can now access their farm land and begin rebuilding their homes. The situation remains fragile, however, and many of the displaced keep a foot in two places – one in the original camp or transit site and one in their home land – in case security deteriorates.

  • 05/30/2008
    Despite strong historic and ethnic ties, relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia have rarely been smooth. As a result, and particularly over the past decade, nationality rights of residents of both countries have been at risk.
  • 05/28/2008
    On May 16, President Leonel Fernandez won a further term in office using the electoral slogan "Pa'lante" ("moving forward") with a campaign message of modernization and development for the country. But the Dominican Republic is not utilizing all its human resources to move forward. An illegal retroactive application of nationality laws is leaving increasing numbers of Dominicans of Haitian descent functionally stateless.
  • 05/28/2008

    Cientos de miles de personas han quedado en un limbo legal y, en práctica, una gran mayoría de ellas se ven sin acceso ni a la nacionalidad dominicana ni a la haitiana.  El pasado 16 de mayo el Presidente Leonel Fernández renovó su mandato haciendo uso del slogan electoral "Pa’lante" (hacia adelante), transmitiendo durante su campaña un mensaje de modernización y desarrollo para el país.

  • 05/23/2008
    The ethnic divides that Kenya’s election crisis brought to light overshadow another longstanding form of marginalization: obstacles to citizenship faced by minority groups such as the Nubians, Kenyan Somalis, and coastal Arabs in the national identification (ID) card registration process.
  • 05/20/2008

    La communauté internationale doit aller au-delà du fait de répondre aux besoins basiques immédiats et développer une stratégie pour traiter de façon complète les dynamiques de l’actuelle crise des déplacements dans l’est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).

  • 05/19/2008

    The international community must move beyond providing immediate basic services and develop a strategy to deal comprehensively with the dynamics of the current displacement crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  • 05/07/2008

    On May 2, 2008, Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma’s delta region, devastating a country that was already on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. The death toll is likely to mount to over 70,000, and as many as two million people have been displaced from their homes. There are alarming reports of entire villages destroyed, their populations missing. The international community must rally around a UN-led response to the crisis, set aside political disputes with the government of Burma, and begin preparing for not only immediate assistance, but also medium- and long-term stabilization and reconstruction plans.

  • 04/10/2008
    Yemen is one of the least developed countries in the world, ranking 153rd in the Human Development Index. In the north of the country, a localized conflict has displaced tens of thousands of civilians since 2004. In the past few years the arrival of large numbers of Ethiopian and Somali migrants and asylum seekers has further jeopardized the economy and stability of the country.
  • 03/31/2008
    Somalia is without a doubt the most neglected crisis in the world today. Over the past seventeen years, Somalia has been subject to ongoing civil wars, droughts and floods. Most observers agree that the crisis has never been as acute as it is today. The immense gap between the level of need and the corresponding humanitarian response is striking. Agencies struggle to provide food, water, health care, and other basic assistance to one million internally displaced people because of the worsening security crisis.
  • 03/25/2008

    Economic difficulties drove the dramatic September 2007 protests in Burma. In their aftermath, the international community is beginning to respond to the humanitarian needs of ordinary Burmese. The U.S. is a critical exception. While most analysts, including Refugees International, believe only a change in political leadership can address the structural causes of poverty in Burma, few forecast an end to the country’s political stalemate. The international community must do more to address the humanitarian needs of Burma’s 55 million people in the absence of political progress.

  • 03/17/2008
    In 2007, the international community finally started responding to the plight of Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. The attention to the crisis resulted in increased funding that allowed the UN—particularly the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)—and non-governmental organizations to develop and expand their programs. Still, much more remains to be done to identify and meet the particular needs of refugees from mixed socio-economic backgrounds living in developed urban areas.
  • 03/04/2008
    Three years after the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), adequate access to basic services and creation of sustainable livelihoods remain elusive for most Sudanese people. Since 2004, an estimated 2 million southern Sudanese, either exiled in neighbouring countries or displaced within Sudan, have returned home, with more than 90% having done so spontaneously. Only a fraction has received adequate assistance.
  • 02/19/2008