The International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019
IRC Reacts to Start of Turkish Military Operations in Northeast Syria—Concerned for Welfare of Millions of Civilians
As the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria begins, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is deeply concerned about the lives and livelihoods of the two million civilians at risk - many of whom have already survived ISIS brutality and multiple displacements. A military offensive could displace...
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
US Administration’s Proposed Abrogation of Flores Settlement Threatens Safety of Children
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds today to the United States’ proposed departure from the Flores Settlement, a landmark 1997 agreement which established minimum standards for the care, custody, and release of all children in immigration detention. The Flores Settlement Agreement was...
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Shipwreck off the Coast of Libya Has Claimed the Lives of 150 People
A shipwreck off the coast of Libya has claimed the lives of 150 refugees and migrants, the most recent incident in a line of tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a stark reminder of the humanitarian crisis emerging out of the country, and of the urgent need for search and rescue missions to...
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Airstrike on a Detention Centre in Tripoli Leave More Than Forty Migrants Dead Hundreds Injured
An estimated 44 people have been killed in Tripoli, as an airstrike landed on a detention centre housing more than 600 vulnerable refugees and migrants. More than 100 of those trapped inside are thought to be injured and the numbers are expected to rise. This latest attack proves the immense...
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Trump Administration’s Latest Asylum Policy Likely Unconstitutional, Certainly Inhumane
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds today to reports of a new Trump Administration policy denying asylum to anyone transiting through a third country on their way to safety in the U.S. “Once again, the administration is seeking to slam the door on vulnerable people, in likely...
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Yemen: Uptick in Fighting Forces IRC to Suspend Critical Life-Saving Programming
A major uptick in fighting on the frontline between Ansar Allah (Houthi) and forces loyal to the Hadi government in Al Dahle’e governorate has forced the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to suspend and relocate critical life-saving programming including mobile health clinics, cholera treatment...
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Newswire article
Friday, December 21, 2018
U.S. Border Announcement Continues Systematic Degradation of Legal Routes to Protection
The “Remain in Mexico” Plan will increase dangers for vulnerable asylum-seekers, and real dangers for the region. Today’s announcement from the U.S. Administration on asylum is as irresponsible as it is dangerous for families in need of urgent safety. The move comes on the heels of previous attacks...
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
IRC Welcomes Outcomes of Sweden Peace Negotiations in Yemen War
David Miliband, President and CEO at the International Rescue Committee said, The IRC welcomes the news that Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to a ceasefire in the critical port city of Hodeidah. We, and the people of Yemen, are desperate for its implementation. It is the deeds, not the words of...
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Yemen Peace Consultations: Time For Action
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee said: “The Yemen peace consultations taking place in Stockholm, Sweden this week must result in meaningful steps to relieve human suffering in Yemen. After almost four years of war, the Yemeni people have suffered more than...
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Friday, November 09, 2018
US Asylum Changes Breach Domestic and International Law
The International Rescue Committee responds to today’s announcement by the administration on U.S. asylum policy. Jenn Piatt, Senior Director of Refugee Resettlement & Asylum Policy and Advocacy, said: “The IRC is strongly opposed to the administration’s latest decision to deny safe haven to...
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