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Angelina and William Hague writes article for The Telegraph

Angelina and William Hague has written an article for the English magazine The Telegraph, writing about the urgent subject warcrimes, read full article in our press archive.

The UN General Assembly is viewed each year through the prism of speeches by world leaders at the marble podium.

But the UN exists for the millions of people worldwide who will never set foot in its corridors: the “men and women of nations large and small” whose equal rights to justice and security are enshrined in the UN Charter.

In principle, the UN belongs as much to the poorest refugee as it does to any President or Prime Minister. In practice, the interests and priorities of powerful member states determine which violations of human rights are addressed and which continue unchecked.

World leaders gathered at the UN this week should recommit to the principle that there can be no long-term peace and security without accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This is a matter of self-interest as much as idealism. The erosion of the rule of law in any part of the world eats away at the foundations of our long-term security. Peace settlements that give amnesty for crimes against civilians perpetuate insecurity. Don’t take us on our word, look at history.

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Angelina thanks KRG for support to Syrian refugees

Angelina met up with Safin Dizayee who is Kurdistan Regional Government’s Spokesperson, more information about the meeting below.

The UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, along with UNCHR’s senior team in Iraq, visits Erbil and is received by H.E. Safin Dizayee, the KRG’s Spokesperson and the chief of staff of the KRG’s Prime Minister.

Safin Dizayee, on behalf of the Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and KRG, welcomed the delegation and thanked Ms. Jolie for her continued attention to the misery of the displaced people hosted in Kurdistan Region. He said that the KRG appreciates her continued visits to Kurdistan to closely see the situation of the internally displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian Refugees in Kurdistan Region.

Mr. Dizayee briefed the delegation about the current situation in the Kurdistan Region including the humanitarian crisis of the IDPs and refugees, the economic, financial crisis and the aftermath of ISIS war and its impact on the entire communities as well as the role of the Peshmerga forces in fighting the ISIS during the last four years. Additionally, Mr. Dizayee highlighted the KRG’s humanitarian policy and the importance of more cooperation and coordination between the KRG, UN-Agencies and international community to support and provide better civic services to the displaced people.

Ms. Jolie thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government and the People of Kurdistan for hosting such a large number of the displaced people and continuing to support them. She said that the Kurdistan Region has played a very good role in supporting these vulnerable people and is a model for this kind of humanitarian assistance.

She assured the KRG that she will continue to convey the plight of the displaced people to the attention of the international community to encourage more support to Kurdistan Region.

Then, both sides, exchanged views and ideas on how to strengthen cooperation and coordination between KRG, UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies to build back the life of displaced people better before the buildings. UNHCR and KRG agreed to continue such dialogue to find creative initiatives beyond material support to assist the displaced people until the conditions are met so that they return to their place origin voluntarily with respect and dignity.

Currently Kurdistan Region is hosting 1.4 million IDPs and Refugees; 97% of the Syrian refugees in Iraq in which 37% live in 9 camps while others live in the host communities and 40% of the internally displaced Iraqis, whom 81% live with the host communities and the rest live in 30 camps across the region.

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Angelina calls for investment for Syrian refugees

Angelina went to the Domiz Camp, set in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq close to the border to Syria. She meet refugees who lives in the camp and she held a press conference which you can view in the video below.

The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, UN refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie says.

The Hollywood actress was visiting the Domiz Camp, in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which is home to 33,000 Syrian refugees displaced by seven years of civil war.

Funding received by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to help refugees from the Syrian conflict fell sharply this year from 2017 when the agency received only 50 per cent of the funds it needed, Jolie told a news conference on Sunday.

“There are terrible human consequences. When there is even not the bare minimum of aid, refuge families cannot receive adequate medical treatment. Women and girls are left vulnerable to sexual violence, many children cannot go to school, and we squander the opportunity to invest in refugees,” she said.

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Angelina visits refugees in Mosul, Iraq

Angelina Jolie visits Mosul, urges world not to forget the people of the city and warns of the danger of delay in reconstruction and recovery

UNHCR Special Envoy meets families who survived years of terror and displacement and who are now striving to rebuild their homes and lives.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today visited West Mosul, less than a year after the city’s liberation in June and July 2017. The visit marked Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Jolie walked among the bombed-out buildings that line the narrow streets of the Old City and met displaced families to discuss efforts to rebuild the city and the needs of the returning population.

West Mosul was held captive by ISIS for three years. The combat operation to re-take the city was the largest and longest urban battle since World War II, and the wreckage reminiscent of Dresden. Civilians faced aerial bombardment, artillery barrage, cross-fire, snipers, and unexploded ordnance. Hundreds of thousands of people were subjected to siege-like conditions, used as human shields or targeted as they fled the city. Large swathes of West Mosul were flattened. Many residents are now slowly returning, to scenes of complete destruction. Like residents of other former ISIS strongholds, they have suffered nearly unprecedented levels of psychological trauma.
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Runway of Hope: Angelina Opens Up About a Different Kind of Fashion Show

When Angelina visited Kenya last year she was photographed at some type of event that we wasn’t completely sure of what it was but it was actually a fashion show for RefuSHE. Yet another cause that Angelina and the Jolie-Pitt Foundation supports and you can read more about it in the Harper’s Bazaar article below or in our press archive. And go to RefuSHE to check out the scarfs and accessories available for sale and/or donate to the cause!

In all her years as an Academy Award–winning actress and director, Angelina Jolie—the most glamorous woman on the planet—never went to a fashion show. “I hadn’t been to one before,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy says of the experience of finding herself seated front row during a visit to a refugee shelter in Nairobi, Kenya, last June. “But it was my kind of runway: the most beautiful girls, survivors with their heads held high, bringing forward their own designs and culture; showing how it’s possible to find your femininity again after it has been brutally attacked.”

The shelter Jolie visited on World Refugee Day is run by RefuSHE, an NGO that seeks to fill a crucial gap in care for girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 23 fleeing Somalia, South Sudan, and other war-torn countries in the region. “All the girls I met had been separated from their families or had seen their parents killed,” says Jolie. “Almost all had suffered sexual violence, and many had given birth after being raped.” RefuSHE provides counseling and shelter and conducts a multidisciplinary education program.

With the support of UNHCR, RefuSHE also encourages economic empowerment by teaching the young women to make colorful scarves using resist-dyeing, a traditional East African technique similar to tie-dye. This gives the refugees a marketable skill that can help set them on a path toward financial independence. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the scarves they make are reinvested into the program and its artisans; since 2010, nearly 70 percent of them have become self-sufficient.
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