Launch of World Refugee Survey 2005

The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is pleased to invite you to a briefing by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) for the international human rights advocacy community in New York on its soon-to-be-released World Refugee Survey 2005-Warehousing, Inventory of Refugee Rights, graciously hosted by the International Rescue Committee.

Last year, USCRI made headlines with World Refugee Survey 2004-Warehousing Issue and the international campaign it launched to vindicate the long-ignored rights of refugees to earn livelihoods and freedom of movement. This year, USCRI deepens and focuses its analysis and advocacy on warehousing, featuring articles on the relevance of development aid in leveraging refugee rights and the particular situations of refugee rights in Tanzania and Thailand and reporting on anti-warehousing campaign activities around the world.

WRS 2005 will also introduce a new format for its country updates that breaks down the policies and practices of more than 40 countries (hosting more than 90 percent of the world's refugees) and rates them with reference to the standards of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

USCRI will also brief participants on the upcoming North-South Civil Society Conference on Refugee Warehousing in Geneva, September 25-26, immediately before the Annual NGO Consultations with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Please join us for what promises to be a lively discussion!

Who: From USCRI: Lavinia Limón, President and CEO; Gregory Chen, Director of Policy Analysis and Research; Merrill Smith, Editor.

IRRI Co-Director Deirdre Clancy will respond and facilitate discussion.

Where: International Rescue Committee, 122 E 42nd Street, 12th Floor, New York City
(SW corner of 42nd and Lexington Avenue. Subway 4/5/6/7 to Grand Central. Please have an ID ready to show the security desk in the lobby)

When: Thursday, June 16, 10 a.m.

As space will be limited, please RSVP by June 6 to Olivia Bueno, IRRI at olivia.bueno@refugee-rights.org
212-377-2700 ext. 416

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Posted June 1, 2005