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2016 Annual IRRI Report on exile and displacement: Causes, solutions and rights protection

The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) publishes an annual report on progress made in three focus areas: 

  • identifying the violations that cause displacement and exile;
  • protecting the rights of those who are displaced, and
  • ensuring the solutions to their displacement are durable, rights respecting, safe and timely.

The 2016 report summarizes our work and looks ahead to the coming year. From continued coverage of the crisis in Burundi to bringing international attention to conflict in Sudan, IRRI has increased the visibility of multiple refugee issues.

IRRI also worked to protect rights in exile by publicizing deportation in Europe, Israel and beyond with the Post-Deportation Monitoring Programme. We equipped refugees with information to self-advocate with individual casework and our legal aid online portal.

Finally, IRRI has catalysed policy-level discussions with our reports and recommendations on Dafur, South Sudan, and Somalia. We have seen our suggestions acknowledged and accepted by the UK Foreign Office, UNMISS and the UNHCR. We contributed a chapter to the book Solving Statelessness and published Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging, the result of seven years of research.

To read the full report, click here.

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter

Issue 81: May 2017

In this issue:

The emergence of the entry human rights principle: Looking beyond the X.X. case

Ill-treatment of migrants in Greek law enforcement - Are the Strasbourg Court judgments the tip of the iceberg?

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) deliver ten statements at UNHCR standing committee

Detention of Dublin Regulation asylum seekers held to be unlawful

Asylum Seekers’ Detention in Moscow Airport Unlawful, Inhuman and Degrading

The best way the US could help Syrians: open the borders

Can Uganda’s progressive refugee policies survive the influx of people fleeing South Sudan?

UN could step in where EU fails in child migrant protection

Britain's Immigration Policy Is Just as Draconian as Donald Trump's 'Muslim Ban'

Read the full issue.

In Case You Missed It: A quarterly update from IRRI

July - December 2016

In this issue:

Read the new book: Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging

Kenya closing Dadaab refugee camp, Somali refugees vulnerable

Experts panel: Promoting, supporting and facilitating solutions in displacement sitations

I Know the Consequences of War: Understanding the dynamics of displacement in Burundi

A 5 year overview of attacks on civilians in Southern Kordofan, Sudan

Our open letter to the UNHCR regarding the human rights situation in Sudan

Open letter commending African members of the International Cirminal Court

CRAI mourns the loss of Adam Hussein Adam, courageous advocate for stateless persons

Solving Statelessness: Ensuring that today’s refugees are not tomorrow’s stateless persons

Read the full issue.

Open letter to Congress urging continued support and leadership in the United Nations

(28 February 2017) Continued engagement with the UN is critical to advancing a number of core U.S. foreign policy objectives, including securing recent gains in international development, delivering lifesaving humanitarian assistance, combating terrorism, encouraging the peaceful resolution of conflict, and promoting universal human rights. IRRI has joined with one hundred other human and civil rights organizations to advocate for stronger United Nations support, both financially and politically.

IRRI’s submission begins with a critique of two key failed policy responses to refugees in the region. First, the emphasis on encampment of refugees, especially in protracted situations of displacement; and second, the emphasis on repatriation as the favoured (and often only) durable solution. We believe that systemic implementation of UNHCR’s Alternatives to Camps policy would help resolve the deficiencies in both these approaches.2 We then specifically address the question of whether or not conditions for voluntary return for Somali refugees in Kenya are being met; and whether or not there are adequate arrangements for the closure of Dadaab camp. It concludes with some general statements.

Furthermore, in 2005, when Congress was considering legislation to tie the payment of U.S. dues to reform, a bipartisan group of eight former U.S. Ambassadors to the UN—including Jeane Kirkpatrick, John Danforth, Richard Holbrooke, and Madeleine Albright— authored a letter opposing the proposal. “Withholding our dues to the UN is the wrong methodology,” the letter argued. “When we last built debt with the UN, the United States isolated ourselves from our allies within the UN and made diplomacy a near impossible task.”

The full letter was sent to House and Senate leadership, as well as both Appropriations Committees.