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Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) Egypt 
1 Tawfik Diab St, 3rd Floor, Apartment 15, Garden City, Cairo 
Telephone: +20 2 795 3202 
Email: info [at] amera-uk [dot] org

AMERA was set up in 2000 to provide legal aid and other forms of support to the refugee and asylum seeker population in Egypt. Officially, there are 30, 000 refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt; unofficially, estimates range from 500,000 upwards. As one of the very few providers of pro bono legal aid as a professional service in Egypt, AMERA has established working relationships with UNHCR and other refugee service providers. 

AMERA offers assistance to refugees and asylum seekers through six teams of volunteers and interns, all of which are led by professional staff. These teams offer the following services:

·     Legal assistance for those asylum seekers undergoing refugee status determination;
·     Legal assistance with protection issues and in registering with UNHCR;
·     Legal and psycho-social assistance in cases of gender-based violence, including referral of cases for urgent resettlement;
·     Protection and social assistance for unaccompanied minors;
·     Community outreach and networking; and
·     Psychosocial services, which connect asylum seekers and refugees with community support services during and after the preparation of their legal submissions and testimonies.


The Egyptian Foundation for Refugee and Migrant Rights
94 Mohamed Fared St, 2nd Floor, Cairo.
Telephone: +20 (0) 2 239 10491
Email: efrr_eg [at] yahoo [dot] com

The Egyptian Foundation for Refugee and Migrant Rights is a non-governmental organization that assists in securing the rights of refugees and migrants in Egypt as guaranteed by international and domestic law.

The Foundation’s lawyers are legally trained and qualified members of the Bar Association of Egypt. The lawyers are bound by the professional standards and ethics of the Bar Association. In addition, the Foundation abides by the Nairobi Code, an ethical code of conduct for legal aid providers working with refugees. The Foundation is advised by, and its programs shaped by the input of a committee of refugee community leaders and a committee of experts on refugee legal aid.  We welcome honest and frank feedback concerning our programmes and activities.

In 2009, the Foundation is focusing its work on securing three core human rights for migrants and refugees:

(1) Freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention;
(2) Right to the equal protection of the law; and
(3) Freedom of association.

Refugees and migrants, by virtue of being outside of their country of origin, are often isolated. This isolation can increase their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse. The Foundation provides legal advice to refugees and migrants who wish to form community groups and organize community events in Egypt.

Various human rights treaties and the Egyptian constitution guarantee that no one shall be subject to arbitrary arrest and that anyone who is arrested will have his or her detention reviewed promptly by a judge. The Foundation provides legal representation to migrants and refugees who are arrested and detained. It aims to secure their release, or at the very least the prompt adjudication of the validity of their detention in accordance with Egyptian law.

Refugees and migrants are entitled to the equal protection of the law under both Egyptian and international law. Thus when they are victims of crime, whether at the hands of private citizens, other migrants, or even the Egyptian police, the government of Egypt has an obligation to receive and investigate their complaints. The Foundation assists refugees and migrants in filing complaints about criminal acts committed against them, and with every subsequent part of the criminal process.

The Foundation also provides representation to refugees and migrants facing improper deportation, including refoulement.

The Foundation also hopes to expand its programmes in mid 2009 to include advocacy for other core migrant and refugee rights including the right to work and the right to education. The Foundation is a member of the Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network.

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