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Statement on Confronting the Crisis in Afghanistan

As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Afghanistan, the WRMC has set out 8 priorities that the international community must uphold to avert further human suffering and bloodshed in the country.

International efforts should embody the principles of the “responsibility to protect” and ensure that the Taliban does not foment further violence and persecution against the citizens of Afghanistan and adheres to the obligations of all states and political authorities under international humanitarian and human rights law.


The North and Central American Task Force on Migration, led by the WRMC and partners, released a new report: Humanitarian Protection in the Region: A State of Emergency. The report addresses the urgency of protection needs for migrants and asylum-seekers in Central America and Mexico and the comprehensive and coordinated regional response required from all countries in North and Central America to address the ongoing migration crisis. Read.


In this Op-Ed — originally published in The Globe and MailWRMC Chair Lloyd Axworthy and special advisor Allan Rock make the case as to how Canada can help ease the crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border. The authors argue that Canada should lead by convening an urgent meeting between its leaders and those from the United States and Mexico, with migration issues heading the agenda and Central American leaders also in attendance. Read.


Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have now hosted over 5 million Syrian refugees for a decade – with few solutions in sight. Join us September 9 for this webinar where researchers from the three countries will present new reports on long-term prospects for refugees in the region, with a particular focus on how countries hosting large numbers of refugees can be more effectively supported by the international community. Register.


On September 14, the WRMC will host a panel discussion with the US Institute of Peace and University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies where Afghan civil society and regional experts will discuss the evolving situation in the country and how countries in the region and the international community can respond to a looming humanitarian crisis. Register.

  • Toronto Star - How should Canada and other nations now deal with a ruling Taliban regime? Read ($)
  • CBC's The Current - A potential serious refugee crisis out of Afghanistan (Starts 21:12) Listen.
  • Muslim Network TV - Discussing the humanitarian and refugee crisis in Afghanistan (Starts 12:35) Watch.
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