Briefing on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State

Special Briefing by Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw, in New York City, on September 20, 2017.

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Secretary Tillerson’s Call With Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

The Secretary welcomed the Burmese government’s commitment to end the violence in Rakhine State and to allow those displaced by the violence to return home.

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Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the Violence in Burma

The United States is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in northern Rakhine State in Burma, where at least 300,000 people have fled their homes in the wake of attacks on Burmese security posts on August 25. We reiterate our condemnation of those attacks and ensuing violence.

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Bangladesh Hosting of Rohingya

We are very concerned by the United Nations announcement on September 8 that an estimated 270,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 following allegations of serious human rights abuses in Burma’s Rakhine State, including violent attacks and mass burnings of villages.

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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement on the Liberation of Mosul

“This is a critical milestone in the global fight against ISIS, and underscores the success of the international effort led by the Iraqi Security Forces.”

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U.S. Pledges $125 Million to UNHCR 2017 Global Appeal Update

UNHCR Global Appeal

Ambassador Hamamoto: I am pleased to express my government’s strong support for the 2017 Global Appeal update of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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Remarks by Ambassador Hamamoto at UNHCR ExCom Reception


Tonight, on the occasion of UNHCR’s annual Executive Committee meeting, we are here to reiterate our resolve to address a crisis that is one of the most urgent tests of our time – and to reaffirm our support to UNHCR in its efforts to help the staggering number of forcibly displaced people around the world.

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Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2016 Refugee Admissions to the U.S.


The United States is taking the lead in meeting the unprecedented challenge of the global refugee crisis. At the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September, President Obama brought together world leaders on the margins of the UN General Assembly to galvanize additional humanitarian support, improve educational and access to lawful work for refugees, and expand opportunities for refugee resettlement.

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Assistant Secretary Anne Richard: UNHCR #ExCom2016 Statement


In 2016, the United States is providing an unprecedented $7 billion in humanitarian aid – including $1.5 billion to UNHCR. As part of the Leaders’ Summit, U.S.-based NGOs also pledged to raise $1.2 billion in funding from the public for humanitarian assistance and 51 private sector firms responded to a White House Call to Action to do more than $650 million.

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

The United States is providing more than $364 million in additional lifesaving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria, as world leaders gathered during the UN General Assembly to galvanize significant new global commitments to increase support for refugees. This announcement, which brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to more than $5.9 billion since the start of the crisis, reflects the continued generosity of the American people and demonstrates steadfast U.S. commitment to helping address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent needs.

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