About us

Who we are

The Rights in Exile Programme  was created to provide access to knowledge, nurture the growing refugee legal aid and advocacy movement in all countries, and encourage active sharing of information as well as expertise among legal practitioners throughout the world. It links refugee-assisting networks both on line and off line, that is, real people meeting real people. 

AMERA International supports refugees in their search for solutions by assisting and encouraging organisations around the world to offer pro bono legal advice on issues relating to asylum determination, refugee settlement, family reunification and other matters relating to the enjoyment and promotion of fundamental human rights in host countries around the world. AMERA International seeks to support organisations which provide services and support for asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in the global south. In January 2020, AMERA International agreed to take this website on board, acquiring all responsibility to manage, update and invest in it.

See our Staff, Advisers, and Editors and our Volunteers pages.
Please also see acknowledgements and our Equal Opportunities Policy .
The Rights in Exile Programme was partly funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation , and you can read about what we did with that funding in this Report .

Our Partners

Asylum Research Centre

Asylum Research Centre (ARC) provides a country of origin information (COI) research service including country reports to support individual asylum claims for use in representations to refugee decision making bodies. Its case-specific research service is primarily fee-paying, but ARC may be able to undertake pro bono research for NGOs with limited funds who provide free services to refugees.

ARC is significant for its research platform. It provides country specific and thematic COI research for UNHCR, publishes commentaries on UK Home Office Country Policy and Information Notes (CPINS), and on European Asylum Support Office’s (EASO) COI reports. ARC also undertakes research consultancy, project management and training to the asylum, immigration and human rights sector.

ARC further manages the international COI Forum which provides a platform for COI researchers and practitioners to share publications and ideas on COI research and sources. ARC also provides a free bi-monthly COI Update, which contains notifications of new Home Office COI publications as well as recent publications and developments in the top countries of origin of asylum seekers in the UK.

International Association for Refugee and Migration Judges (IARMJ)

The International Association of Refugee Law Judges seeks to foster recognition that offers protection from persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion is an individual right established under international law, and that the determination of refugee status and its cessation should be subject to the rule of law.

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

The APRRN is an open and growing network of over 402 civil society organisations and individuals from 29 countries committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region through information sharing, mutual capacity building, and joint advocacy.

APRRN advocates for the rights of people in need of protection in the Asia Pacific region specifically refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons and internally displaced people, and all of those affected by forced migration. APRRN has been functioning since its formation in November 2008 at the First Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Contributions to the website are welcome, including contributors’ analysis of key issues in their own country or the region or stories of being a refugee advocate or a refugee in the Asia Pacific region.

Contact: info@aprrn.info

The APRRN publishes an online newsletter, see here .

The International Detention Coalition (IDC)

The International Detention Coalition is a unique global network of over 400 non-governmental organisations, and individuals in more than 90 countries that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention.

It also aims to promote the use of international and regional human rights standards and principles as they relate to the detention of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The Coalition reaches these objectives through networking, advocacy, awareness raising and researching and reporting on issues worldwide relating to the detention of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.  

The IDC collates the latest news on immigration detention from around the world in its monthly e-newsletter, the International Detention Monitor. 

To join, subscribe or find out more, visit www.idcoalition.org or email info@idcoalition.org.

Centre for Refugee and IDP Studies (CESI)

The Centre for Refugee and IDP Studies (CESI) was established through partnership of UNHCR in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Faculty of Political Science at University of Sarajevo in 2011, as a first academic centre in BiH and Western Balkans region dedicated to forced migration studies. CESI is dedicated to improving awareness and understanding of the causes and consequences of forced migration by providing a forum for education, research, training and dialogue in the field of refugee and IDP studies.

Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung (German Network Refugee Research)

Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung (German Network Refugee Research) is a multi-disciplinary network of scholars in Germany working on asylum, forced migration and refugee protection. It is also open to international scholars working on these issues in regard to Germany. The network aims to establish and foster refugee research in Germany as well as to serve as a platform for information, cooperation and exchange. It collects and shares information about its members, their projects and publications. Moreover, it promotes refugee research in academia as a field of study and publically, to highlight the relevance of studying refugees and forced migration. For these ends, Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung offers a homepage, publishes a newsletter and is present on Facebook.

The German Network Refugee Research runs the FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, a German language blog where members and other scholars and practitioners publish short articles covering a wide range of issues regarding displacement, forced migration and refugee protection. 

Read the blog here: www.fluchtforschung.net/ 

To find out more, email info@fluechtlingsforschung.net or, for non-German speakers who have specific requests for information, contact Ulrike Krause: ulrike.krause@staff.uni-marburg.de. 

The Rights in Exile Programme is the Secretariat of the Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network (SRLAN).

The Rights in Exile Programme is the Secretariat of the Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network (SRLAN). 

SRLAN began in 2007 at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya . It was born out of a common understanding amongst its members that refugees are people with rights enshrined in international human rights and refugee law who are often treated as passive victims with endless needs, and whose rights are regularly violated. The human suffering refugees endure often results from restrictions on their autonomy as human beings, and thus must be addressed by ensuring their ability to exercise basic rights. This is particularly challenging in the global south, where judicial institutions to redress rights violations are less developed and/or accessible. To remedy this, organisations are increasingly conducting rights-based advocacy for refugees in the global south, through pro bono legal aid and/or research and policy advocacy. These organisations are bound by a common desire to foster respect for the rights of refugees in the global south.

These organisations are often unique in their countries and isolated from each other internationally. While they face common challenges, they have not had sufficient opportunities to learn from each other’s experiences. Slowly and informally, however, rights-based refugee organisations have been increasing their information sharing and coordinated advocacy. The Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network was thus initiated to formalise such cooperation, with a view to channelling disparate refugee rights organisations into a movement for refugee rights in the global south. At the time of inception, the SRLAN concluded the Nairobi Code by which all members of the Network agreed to abide.

The SRLAN invites new members in the refugee legal aid sector from around the world. The SRLAN Charter (2007) outlines its objectives and membership requirements and the SRLAN Bylaws aim to refine and implement the principles, vision and mission established in Nairobi and memorialised in the 2007 Charter.

To apply to become a member, please read the Nairobi Code of Ethics and SRLAN Bylaws before completing the SRLAN Membership Form. Please see the SRLAN website for more information on how to join.