NGOs, Law Clinics, and Lawyers Offering Pro Bono Legal Aid
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Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) Egypt
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;
The Egyptian Foundation for Refugee and Migrant Rights
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;
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.
FREEDOM FROM ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION
RIGHT TO EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW
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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