Syria: More Protection for Women and Girls
RI was the first NGO to raise the alarm about a lack of programs to address and prevent gender-based violence among displaced Syrians. In November 2013, the UK Department for International Development responded to this shortfall by providing £8.6 million in new funding.
South Sudan: Additional Nationality Offices Provide Documentation to Citizens
RI asked South Sudan's government to open local nationality offices to serve rural populations and minority tribal groups and reduce the risk of statelessness. In November 2012, South Sudan announced that it would open these offices in each of its ten states. As of October 2013, six offices had opened.
Women & Girls: State Department Launches New Initiative
In response to RI's repeated calls for the U.S. government to do more to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian crises, the State Department launched “Safe From the Start,” a $10 million initiative to protect women and girls.
Myanmar: Ban on the Importation of Gemstones Extended
In July 2013, RI and supporters demanded that the U.S. Congress renew a ban on the importation of Myanmar gemstones, which fuel corruption and human rights abuses in ethnic minority regions. While Congress did not act, President Obama signed an executive order to extend the ban.
South Sudan: U.S. House of Representatives Addresses SPLA Abuse
In line with RI’s recommendations in its July 2013 report, the U.S. House of Representatives added language to its Appropriations bill requiring a report on whether South Sudan is “investigating and punishing members of security forces who have violated human rights” before aid to the country is released.
DRC: UN Considers Changes to GBV Response
The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, spurred largely by the findings in RI's spring 2013 report. In addition, a member of the UN's Gender-based Violence Rapid Response Team was sent to the country to consider overhauling its coordination system, which RI had urged.
DRC: Additional UNHCR Staff Deployed to the East
After RI raised concerns about the lack of adequate camp coordination staff in the DRC, the UN Refugee Agency requested an additional five staff be deployed to eastern Congo.
Statelessness: Protections Approved by the U.S. Senate
A comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate includes unprecedented protections for stateless people in the United States.
Syria: U.S. Contributes $155 million in Aid
In January 2013, RI briefed State Department officials on the need to fund the UN’s humanitarian appeal for Syrians. Weeks later, at a donor conference in Kuwait City, 60 nations pledged a combined $1.5 billion in aid. The American delegation contributed $155 million.