Rwanda Pro Bono Directory

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Legal Aid Organisations

Human Rights First Rwanda Association
Kicukiro District Near INILAK University
B.P. 7564 Kigali/Rwanda
Tel: +250 02 52 58 46 21
Email: or
Contact Person: Nzovu Job Ruzage, Director

Human Rights First Rwanda Association envisages a just and equitable society. Its mission is striving to empower as well as promote, reinforce and safeguard human rights, rule of law and good governance in Rwanda.  Human Rights First provides legal assistance to refugees and empowers them to know their rights through human rights outreach education initiatives delivered through legal clinics run by law students from the INILAK University in Rwanda.

The Legal Aid Forum
Tel: 1022 (Toll Free) / 845 (Toll Free) / +(250) 28 00 36 090

Providing legal assistance in Mahama, Mugombwa and Kigeme refugee camps, Nyanza transit centre and in Huye for urban refugees and asylum seekers. Legal representation in courts and other administrative institutions, mediation, legal assistance, legal advice and referrals. Assist in implementing the ‘Legal aid to refugees’ project which is aimed at assisting refugees and asylum seekers to access justice and solve other relevant legal issues affecting refugees in Rwanda. They also work on identifying and initiating research and advocacy on legal issues affecting indigent populations and vulnerable groups.

Prison Fellowship Rwanda
Tel: +(250) 78 74 73 588

Provides legal assistance in Mahama, Mugombwa and Kigeme refugee camps, Nyanza transit centre and Huye for urban refugees and asylum seekers. Their projects ensure access to justice and respect of human rights, providing legal assistance, representation, civil registration and documentation to refugees. They also participate in peacebuilding, psychological support, social economic empowerment and spiritual resilience.

International Organisations

Initiative for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace)
No. 16, KN 6 Street, Kiyovu, Kigali
P.O. Box 2360 Kigali
Tel: (+250)788-468-851
Contact Person: Paulin Muhozi

Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace) is a non profit organization that works to help communities and individuals in Africa’s Great Lakes Region achieve sustainable peaceful coexistence using human rights and good governance education. iPeace has independently registered organisations in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, which closely collaborate to achieve their shared mission. iPeace provides legal aid to asylum-seekers and refugees in the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.

Rwanda Red Cross
Tel: +(250) 78 84 57 617 (Communications) / +(250) 78 54 78 158 (First Aid Services)

Helping refugees in Rwanda trace and re-establish contact with family members in another country. Particular focus on helping unaccompanied minors. Providing community services to the population aimed at reducing vulnerabilities through programmes such as health, prevention of diseases, disaster risk reduction and emergency response, strengthening community resilience, socio-economic reintegration of vulnerable and displaced persons, social protection and education.