The Iraqi Refugee Crisis
Human Rights First is working to secure a comprehensive response to the Iraqi refugee crisis. We have pressed the United States to bring some of the most vulnerable refugees to safety through a major resettlement initiative and to lead the international community in providing aid for refugees and those displaced within Iraq. We now call on the Obama administration and other international actors to ensure that Iraq's displaced are not forced to return to their homes except under safe, voluntary, and dignified conditions. As the UN refugee agency said in May 2009, "The improvement of the situation in Iraq does not yet constitute fundamental changes sufficient to promote or encourage massive returns to Iraq."