REFLECTIONS on WISHING YOU HAPPINESS NEW YEAR 5783

As this Jewish New Year approaches, I am reminded of the refuge, sanctuary and home that Africa gave to my grandparents approximately 100 years ago, as they fled the Pogroms in Ukraine. America and Canada had turned us away! We, the stranger, were welcomed to South Africa. And it was complex… We were classified as … More REFLECTIONS on WISHING YOU HAPPINESS NEW YEAR 5783

100 Organizations Urging Biden Admin Reform of CAM Refugee & Parole Program

African Human Rights Coalition is a signatory to this letter: “We at AHRC are proud to participate in this quest to reform CAM – and bind ourselves to the plight of all those forcible displaced around the globe. Because we are one we support equity, justice, protection and solutions for ALL!” Melanie Nathan Today more … More 100 Organizations Urging Biden Admin Reform of CAM Refugee & Parole Program

Kenya Orders Facebook to Tackle Hate Speech or Face Suspension-

THE KENYAN CYBER-LAW ACT – prohibits LIES, SLANDER, HATE-SPEECH all of which are criminal and punishable offenses. This applies to individuals in Kenya! Kenya is in an election year and the country is facing election uprisings that will spells danger for many, and especially the most vulnerable, to include refugees, and more especially the unwelcome … More Kenya Orders Facebook to Tackle Hate Speech or Face Suspension-

San Francisco Pride Main Stage Speech with a Rousing Intro to Something Serious

This past Sunday at SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE, 2022, I had the great honor to present, on San Francisco Civic Center Plaza Main-Stage, an historic and poignant PRIDE video greeting from UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Dr. Filippo Grandi, preceded by the courageous voices of LGBTQI+ people in forced displacement.   In a world where over … More San Francisco Pride Main Stage Speech with a Rousing Intro to Something Serious

UK Expulsions to Rwanda Especially Egregious for LGBTQI+ Asylum Seekers

Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition and publisher of this BLOG- (nathan@AfricanHRC.org): On June 11, 2022 Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the United Kingdom Home Secretary, Priti Patel who has now scheduled the first flight carrying people for June 14. Asylum seekers sent to Rwanda are then to be processed … More UK Expulsions to Rwanda Especially Egregious for LGBTQI+ Asylum Seekers

Philadelphia Report: How the Pogroms Remind South Africa to Take a Stand

THE PHILADELPHIA REPORT – I was invited to do a weekly (Monday morning) series on South African Radio: Each day, the fabulously talented South African personality, Jonathan Taylor hosts “Breakfast in Bed,”  on Radio Today, which live streams 8:00 AM, South African time, at www.rt1485.com This week we remember Aries Birthdays, Pogrom orphan refugees, Ukraine and South … More Philadelphia Report: How the Pogroms Remind South Africa to Take a Stand

Honoring Forcibly Displaced Trans People on Transgender Day of Visibility #TDOV

Today, March 31, is International Transgender Day of Visibility and this is the day African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC), the only Global LGBTQI organization dedicated to advocacy and humanitarian services for LGBTQI people forcibly displaced in and from African countries, celebrates International Transgender Day of Visibility, by honoring the courage of transgender and non-binary … More Honoring Forcibly Displaced Trans People on Transgender Day of Visibility #TDOV

On Title 42 – An Anniversary Urging Biden to Ditch Trump’s Illegal Expulsions

On Title 42’s Two-Year Anniversary, Advocates Urge Biden to End Illegal Expulsions WASHINGTON — On the two-year anniversary of Title 42, groups challenging expulsions of asylum-seeking families urge the Biden administration to end the deadly policy. Earlier this month the groups won a major victory in their class action lawsuit Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas, with the D.C. Circuit prohibiting … More On Title 42 – An Anniversary Urging Biden to Ditch Trump’s Illegal Expulsions

Perhaps Ukraine Can Wake the World to the GLOBAL Refugee Crisis

Dear All, I am so happy that it is the weekend. Because this has been a hella week. Yet our hella is nothing like the HELL being experienced around the world. We can either use our time to escape other people’s hell with lip service – we can talk the hell out of it – … More Perhaps Ukraine Can Wake the World to the GLOBAL Refugee Crisis

UNHCR and USA – Good News for Advancing Needs of LGBTQI+ and other Refugee

From African Human Rights Coalition web-news: Much work occurred this past year by and on behalf of LGBTQI people in forced displacement, including the UNHCR Global Roundtable, with 13 thematic workshops resulting in 39 crucial recommendations. As well as UNHCR’s monthly consultations and Panel As well as World Pride Summit for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and … More UNHCR and USA – Good News for Advancing Needs of LGBTQI+ and other Refugee

Immigrant Advocates Rally in San Francisco to End Expulsions to Haiti and Defend Black Migrants

Today asylum seekers, advocates, and allies rallied on the steps of San Francisco City Hall demanding an end to Title 42 expulsions and other policies that harm Black people seeking safety in the United States. The groups gathered as part of a National Day of Protest in defense of Black immigrants called by the Haitian … More Immigrant Advocates Rally in San Francisco to End Expulsions to Haiti and Defend Black Migrants

Biden Dedicated Docket Unfair for Asylum Seekers

CGRS Concerned Biden Policies Will Undermine Fairness, Endanger Refugee Families The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is deeply concerned by today’s announcement that the Biden administration will begin fast-tracking asylum cases for certain families seeking refuge. By establishing a “dedicated docket” for asylum-seeking families, the administration will sacrifice fairness in the name of … More Biden Dedicated Docket Unfair for Asylum Seekers

Garland Must Act Now to STOP Trump Policy Harm

This morning NPR aired a great story on how Trump’s Justice Department rulings continue to place domestic violence survivors and others at risk of deportation. The story features  Ms. A.B. (Matter of A-B-) and Cristina, one of the many women wrongly denied asylum due to these rulings. We are calling on A.G. Garland to vacate … More Garland Must Act Now to STOP Trump Policy Harm

Biden Reverses Cruel Reversal for Refugee Admissions Cap

Today, the Biden administration made the shocking announcement that the U.S.’s refugee admissions cap this year will remain at its all-time low level of 15,000. Melanie Nathan of African Human Rights Coalition joined a chorus of advocates immediately criticizing the move. Nathan noted, “How can the Biden admin endorse and amplify the cruelty of the … More Biden Reverses Cruel Reversal for Refugee Admissions Cap

UNHCR Seeks Urgent Access to Asylum Seekers Denied by Tanzanian Government

AHRC joins UNHCR in appealing for access to detained asylum-seekers in Tanzania On Thursday, as Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC), I received an urgent message of distress from a group of refugee/ asylum seekers in Tanzania who noted that they were about to be “deported” back to their home country, Uganda. They … More UNHCR Seeks Urgent Access to Asylum Seekers Denied by Tanzanian Government

President Biden Raises Refugee Numbers with LGBTQI Historic Mention

In an historic foreign policy speech delivered today at the US State Department, President Joe Biden announced his Executive Order raising the Presidential Determination number for the admittance of refugees into the United Sates, this year – from Trump’s 15,000 back to the Obama era number of 125,000. What made this speech so historic and … More President Biden Raises Refugee Numbers with LGBTQI Historic Mention

President Biden’s Swift Immigration Action brings added Hope for LGBTQI Refugees

Thanking President Biden on Quick Immigration Action with a Hope for added considerations for LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden signed several executive orders today including the repeal of the Trump administration’s travel bans, which barred people from many African and Muslim-majority countries from coming to the United States. The Biden administration … More President Biden’s Swift Immigration Action brings added Hope for LGBTQI Refugees

Emergency Funding for LGBTQI Refugees and Asylum Seekers

EMERGENCY FUNDING: LGBTQI people are criminalized in over 70 countries around the world, of which over 30 are in Africa. This has resulted in persecution, ostracization and physical attacks by governments, community, and even family and friends. Resulting in the need  to exile from one’s own country to seek safety. The stories are many and overwhelmingly … More Emergency Funding for LGBTQI Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Ethiopia Headed Toward Disaster and Major Refugee Crisis

The escalating civil war in Ethiopia is crossing borders, revealing massacres, and headed toward a major disaster, with a likely refugee crisis that will crush an already stretched system. There are over 70 million displaced people worldwide, a daunting task for UNHCR, agencies, civil, societies and governments involved. Africa is at its limits and refugees … More Ethiopia Headed Toward Disaster and Major Refugee Crisis

LGBTQI Refugees Hard Hit with Trump Refugee Ceiling for 2021 a Record Cruel Low

Each year, the Presidency of the United States uses its Presidential Determination (PD) to set the maximum number of refugees that will be admitted into the United States for the following year.  Donald Trump just officially set the refugee admissions ceiling  for 2021 to 15,000, after delayed consultations with Congress finally took place. Once again, … More LGBTQI Refugees Hard Hit with Trump Refugee Ceiling for 2021 a Record Cruel Low

Press Release: July 30 ELEPHANT REFUGEES World Premiere at Sonoma Film Festival

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release: Contact: Melanie Nathan, for Dream Out Loud Films, Nathan@AfricanHRC.org ELEPHANT REFUGEES WORLD PREMIERE AT SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL A film by LOUISE HOGARTH 2020 / 81 Minutes / BOTSWANA / USA Screening Format DCP NTFS/MAC A crisis of elephantine proportions, playing out in the dry sandy Kalahari woodlands of eastern Botswana unfolds … More Press Release: July 30 ELEPHANT REFUGEES World Premiere at Sonoma Film Festival

UNHCR Reminds about the Importance of respecting Kenyan Law

Any activists providing funding that has served to assist refugees to leave Kakuma Camp, need to be aware that they are aiding and abetting in the commission of crime that could subject the refugee to detrimental repercussions that negatively impact chances of resettlement. Refugees in host country Kenya are asked not to break the law.  It … More UNHCR Reminds about the Importance of respecting Kenyan Law

THANK YOU GLOBAL PRIDE 2020 FOR THE HONOR FROM KAKUMA

African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC), hand in hand with refugees at Kakuma Camp in Kenya, had the great honor to represent African countries and refugees leading the Main Stage opening, at GLOBAL PRIDE 2020 with its VIDEO message. Worldwide, we were all so disappointed when we realized we could not take to our streets this … More THANK YOU GLOBAL PRIDE 2020 FOR THE HONOR FROM KAKUMA

African HRC Launches Video Pride Message from LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma Camp

Yes, you may have a sneak preview – though official launch is 11 am PST tomorrow at the event LGBTQ Pride and Migration 2020 tomorrow June 20th for World refugee Day. This Saturday we invite you to join African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) as we celebrate World Refugee Day with PRIDE, honoring the brave and … More African HRC Launches Video Pride Message from LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma Camp

VOTE for Welcome – Campaigning for Candidates who will stand up for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Since Trump began his 2016 presidential campaign he jhas made a concerted effort to attack immigrants. For almost 4 years, we have lived through constant attacks – most especially on asylum seekers, refugees, Muslims and People of Color, hardest hit by Trump’s xenophobic racist overt trajectory toward hateful policies. The 2020 elections are approaching and … More VOTE for Welcome – Campaigning for Candidates who will stand up for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

LGBTQI Pride on World Refugee Day

LGBTQ DIGITAL PRIDE AND MIGRATION 2020 will commemorate the struggles of displaced people and LGBTQ Refugees and is scheduled this year for World Refugee Day, which is celebrated annually on June 20th. World Refugee Day commemorates the struggles of millions of displaced people. The significant population of displaced people who identify as LGBTQI underscores the importance of celebrating … More LGBTQI Pride on World Refugee Day