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Revised Executive Order on Muslim Immigration and Refugees Continues to Betray Humanitarian Values and American Security

On 6 March 2017, the Trump administration signed a revised executive order banning entry into the U.S. by nationals of six Muslim-majority countries – Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – for 90 days, suspending refugee resettlement for 120 days, and lowering the number of refugees admitted to the U.S.

Alternative Mechanisms for Pursuing Accountability in Syria

“Flouting the most basic rules governing the conduct of war has become contagious,” wrote U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his report for the World Humanitarian Summit last year.

Responsibility for Civilian Casualties in Yemen

As the conflict in Yemen continues, civilian casualties are reaching alarming levels. At least 10,000 people have been killed and thousands wounded since March 2015, at a rate of thirteen civilian casualties per day.

The Gendering of Genocide: ISIS’s Crimes Against the Yazidis

ISIS is committing genocide and other international crimes against the Yazidi minority in Iraq and Syria, as determined by the latest report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

From Transit to Reception: A New Reality for Refugees in Greece

“We do not face a refugee crisis, but a reception crisis,” is a common refrain heard in Greece these days, though it’s arguably applicable to Europe as a whole. For one, while the number of refugees arriving in Europe has been unprecedented, it remains a fairly small proportion of the total number of displaced persons around the globe.

EU-Turkey Agreement Undermines Refugee Protection in Law and in Practice

Since over a million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe last year – and nearly 4,000 perished or went missing on the Mediterranean Sea – European leaders have been scrambling to find solutions to this evolving humanitarian and political challenge.

Bemba and Karadžić Convictions Set New Landmarks for International Justice

Two recent rulings by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) mark breakthroughs for international justice and the fight against impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. This blog post provides an overview of the significant aspects of these two rulings.

Bemba at the ICC

Refugee Children Left Vulnerable in Europe

Children now account for over one third of refugees and migrants crossing the Eastern Mediterranean, reports UNICEF; and taken together, women and children account for nearly 60% of those on the move in Europe, a sharp increase from summer 2015 when men constituted 73% of migrant flows and children less than 10%.

Amidst Kunduz and a Year of Violence, Protecting Humanitarian Staff

Since US airstrikes destroyed an Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital compound in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3rd, killing 14 staff, the aid organization has suffered from a barrage of further attacks.

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