Canada and the Global Compact on Refugees

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The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), a new international framework, is expected to be adopted by the end of this year. It aims to reenergize the international refugee regime, the core of which is the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention), and encourage states to commit to protecting forced migrants. The GCR’s Final Draft clearly says …

The War in Yemen: 2011-2018: The elusive road to peace

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              Working paper 18-1 November 2018 By Sonal Marwah and Tom Clark Executive summary The United Nations (UN) has played a key role in most recent peace processes, but has not, thus far, been an effective force for peace in Yemen, which is now the site of one of the world’s bloodiest internationalized civil …

Delivering on the Global Compact on Refugees: The need for principled leadership from UNHCR

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Here is the second piece in a three-part series on the Global Compact on Refugees. You can read Part 1: The Global Compacts: A Primer here.  November 6, 2018 By Sonal Marwah Emerging humanitarian crises and protracted conflicts have caused the number of global refugees to soar to 25 million, the highest figure ever recorded. These refugees face threats to their safety …

The Global Compacts: A Primer

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Here is the first piece in a three-part series on the Global Compact on Refugees and Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This one is a primer on the two Global Compacts. It maps out each Global Compact’s development process and set of objectives. October 29, 2018 By Sonal Marwah In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly …

Q&A: Women and Yemen’s peace process

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The following is a conversation with Rasha Jarum, founder and director of Peace Track Initiative, on the efforts to secure more meaningful involvement and representation for women in the process to restore peace in Yemen. Ms. Jarum is from South Yemen and has more than 16 years’ experience working on human rights and gender issues. Sonal Marwah spoke with her in August. …

Inaccessible? Untangling the current U.S. refugee program

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Until recently, the United States was the world’s most generous donor of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons and had the largest resettlement program. But the Trump administration’s new immigration policies appear to be making the United States increasingly less safe and inaccessible for refugees and asylum seekers. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 3 Autumn 2018 by Sonal Marwah All …

Untangling the current U.S. refugee program

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With 25.4 million refugees, the world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Until recently, the United States was the world’s most generous donor of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons and had the largest resettlement program. But the Trump administration’s new immigration policies appear to be making the United States increasingly less safe and inaccessible for …

The U.S. is less safe than ever for refugees, evidence filed in court challenge shows

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News Release July 4, 2018 Version français The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) yesterday completed filing extensive evidence in Federal Court to support their legal challenge of the designation of the United States as a safe third country for refugees. “Canadians have seen over the last few weeks how refugees …

Ploughshares presents: The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?

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On April 10, to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Refugee Rights Day in Canada, which is celebrated on April 4, Project Ploughshares and the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) co-hosted a public engagement on “The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement: What’s at stake?” in Waterloo. The objective was to learn about, and reflect …

War in Yemen: A litmus test of the Arms Trade Treaty

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In March 2015, following a long political crisis in Yemen in which all parties resorted to violence,  Houthi rebels seized the capital Sana’a, triggering the collapse of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s internationally recognized government. Hadi fled into exile. On March 24, Hadi requested external military intervention from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). A coalition of Gulf Arab states, led …