Refugees

Secretary Tillerson: Efforts to Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance in Response to the Human Rights and Humanitarian Crisis in Burma

We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society, and strengthen respect for and protection of human rights and religious freedom.

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Secretary Tillerson Joint Press Availability With Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

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“I am announcing today that the United States will provide an additional $47 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees, bringing the United States response to the Rakhine State crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh to more than $87 million since August of this year, and total humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from this region to nearly $151 million since October of 2016.”

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Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw and Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Recent Visit to Burma and Bangladesh

The U.S. remains committed to addressing the needs of those impacted by the crisis and calls on others, including in the region, to join us in our response.

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Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw Leads a Delegation to Burma and Bangladesh

The delegation will meet with various stakeholders to discuss the U.S. and international responses to the ongoing crisis and to explore durable solutions.

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Secretary Tillerson’s Call with Burma’s Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing

Secretary Tillerson spoke by phone with Burma’s Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on October 26 to express concern about the continuing humanitarian crisis and reported atrocities in Rakhine State.

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Ongoing U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Rakhine State Crisis, Burma

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The U.S. government has provided nearly $40 million in life-saving emergency assistance in direct response to the Rakhine State crisis since August 25. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance in FY 2017 to displaced Burmese in Burma and the region to nearly $104 million.

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Population, Refugees, and Migration: 2017 Global Funding and Projects

The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) aims to be a catalyst to draw attention to the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in conflict-affected settings globally in order to improve dialogue, evidence, response, innovation, coordination, and leadership through funding and policy development.

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Remarks by Simon Henshaw at UNHCR ExCom Reception

On the occasion of the annual Executive Committee session of the U.N. High Commisisoner for Refugees, the United States hosted a reception for delegates, UNHCR officials, and other international organization and NGO partners. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi; Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw; and U.S. Mission Chargé d'Affaires Theodore Allegra spoke on the importance of collective international action to address the world's worst humanitarian crises, and to reaffirm support for the essential role played by UNHCR.

At UNGA two weeks ago, President Trump expressed appreciation for the United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance. Further, Secretary Tillerson, Administrator Green, Ambassador Haley, and I reaffirmed U.S. commitment – and the international community’s commitment – to seek solutions that end crises and bring peace, prosperity, and stability.

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Remarks by Theodore Allegra at UNHCR ExCom Reception

On the occasion of the annual Executive Committee session of the U.N. High Commisisoner for Refugees, the United States hosted a reception for delegates, UNHCR officials, and other international organization and NGO partners.  High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi; Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw; and U.S. Mission Chargé d'Affaires Theodore Allegra spoke on the importance of collective international action to address the world's worst humanitarian crises, and to reaffirm support for the essential role played by UNHCR.

The United States remains deeply committed to UNHCR’s work, as we remain deeply committed to continuing our leadership role in the humanitarian system through funding, and through diplomacy on the global stage.

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