Nobel Peace Lectures 2018

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Combating War Crimes Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 40 Issue 1 Spring 2019 “Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, war crimes. Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in …

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 …

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 …

The changing nature of war, forced displacement, and global disarmament

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Academics and researchers have noted a marked change in the nature of wars since the 1990s; interstate or international wars have largely been replaced by intrastate or civil wars. Intrastate wars are often more intense and drag on for years—even decades. They involve a multiplicity of actors, including ever-evolving coalitions and splintering of non-state armed groups or irregular combatants with …

Does Trump’s refugee order tie UNHCR’s hands?

Sonal Marwah Americas, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration, News

On January 27, President Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which prohibits entry by nationals of seven Muslim-majority states (Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen) for 90 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely, and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. The new order allows exemptions “when …

Global displacement not a European refugee crisis

Sonal Marwah Europe, Featured, Forced Displacement and Migration, News

This year is turning into the “deadliest year yet” for migrants and refugees. Deaths and drownings in the Mediterranean have climbed, even though fewer people are crossing to reach Europe. While in 2015, 1,015,078 people crossed the sea, only 327,800 did so in 2016. But, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, “from one death for every 269 arrivals last year, …

Asylum-seeker, refugee, or migrant?

Tasneem Jamal Forced Displacement and Migration

Author Sonal Marwah Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 4 Winter 2015 Categorizing the multitude flowing into Europe is a source of fierce contention among EU member states It is estimated that more than 860,000 people so far this year have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe (UNHCR 2015a). Many others have tried, unsuccessfully (IOM 2015). This past September, Hungary’s …