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In Case You Missed It: A Quarterly Update From the International Refugee Rights Initiative

(August 2016) We hope you enjoy this update on our activities between April and June 2016 and want to thank you for your continued interest and support of IRRI. We continue to expand our sphere of influence with our twitter following increasing by almost 15% in the last three months alone and if you are not following us yet, please do. Our twitter handle is @IntRefRights. April also saw a record sign up for our mailing list, and our Facebook page received over 2300 “likes”. So, thank you all for continuing to help us spread our important messages, your ongoing support adds weight to and amplifies our own advocacy efforts.

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Rights in Exile Newsletter
July 2016

In this issue:

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) urge government of Kenya to reconsider intended closure of refugee camps

Statement regarding Sahrawi women held in Tindouf refugee camp

Is a model refugee policy in Africa doomed? Influx from South Sudan pushes Uganda's progressive system to breaking point.

Has Kenya's brinkmanship over Dadaab worked? Kenya looks to UNHCR to help it solve its refugee dilemma

... and much more.

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Letter to John Kerry on the appointment of another senior official on Sudan and South Sudan

(30 July 2016) Given the urgent crises in Sudan and South Sudan, we, the undersigned 70 human rights groups, activists, scholars and civic leaders, write to request the immediate appointment of a prominent senior level official to support the engagement of the U.S. Special Envoy’s Office in South Sudan.

We appreciate the work of Ambassador Donald Booth and his staff to end state sponsored violence and indiscriminate bombing in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains/ South Kordofan and Blue Nile state and to promote human rights throughout Sudan, including the right to humanitarian aid. In addition, we are grateful for their work with the parties in South Sudan to end conflict, implement the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in order to address and avert a growing and dangerous humanitarian crisis

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Now is not the time to walk away: UNSC needs to renew and strengthen UNAMID

(23 June 2016) With the UNAMID mandate renewal under discussion at the UN Security Council, a new report released today by the International Refugee Rights Initiative provides an analysis of the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as seen by some of the civilians the force is mandated to protect.

The report, “'No one on the earth cares if we survive except God and sometimes UNAMID': The challenges of peacekeeping in Darfur, is the second of a three-part study on civilian perspectives on peacekeeping forces in Africa. The findings make it clear that when the UN security Council considers the upcoming renewal of the peacekeeping mandate of UNAMID in late June, not only is this not the time for the international community to walk away, it is, in fact, time for UNAMID to step up.

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