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Around the globe, the International Republican Institute works tirelessly to support democracy, human rights, and good governance. Our commitment to democracy often brings IRI’s local staff face-to-face with oppressive regimes, violent extremists, and life-threatening situations. From Burma to Venezuela, Cuba to Belarus, IRI is committed to standing with our local staff where they face peril from authoritarian actors and violent extremists. Most recently, IRI’s former staff in Afghanistan are facing serious, significant risks of retaliation from the Taliban due to their work with IRI and their efforts to advance democracy, human rights and advancement for women. IRI is establishing this Emergency Assistance Fund to provide critical support to help IRI former Afghan staff, and to assist other IRI local staff who face imminent danger as a result of their work.

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