ASF in Burundi

  • Location: 1 central office in Bujumbura, 2 sub offices (in Gitega and Ngozi), 2 branch offices (in Muyinga and Ruyigi) and 1 consultation office (in Bujumbura)
  • Date of establishment: 1999
  • Team: 21 national employees and 2 expatriates
  • Partners: Office National de Protection des Réfugiés et Apatrides (ONPRA, or National Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons); Bujumbura Bar Association
  • Funding: Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation; European Union; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Background

ASF has been working in Burundi since 1999. Its expertise has supported key stakeholders in legal aid: the Ministry of Justice, Bar Associations, lawyers, civil society and law students. The aim is to improve access to justice for everyone without discrimination in order to ensure that everyone can exercise their rights in a sustainable manner.

ASF intervenes on two levels: nationally – on policies, and locally – delivering legal aid services in the provinces.

Provision of services directly by ASF (general information, advice, referral, non-judicial and judicial assistance) is focused on those regions where there are few lawyers and where particularly vulnerable victims do not have the means to access legal aid services.

ASF activities in Burundi

  • Reinforcement of the institutional framework for access to justice, in particular through support for the creation of national strategies and policies implementing international standards and for coordination between stakeholders.
  • Promotion of the role of the lawyer in society and consolidation of their technical skills by enhancing the skills of lawyers and Bar Associations, and through the promotion of pro bono activities.
  • Making the law available and understandable to everyone by means of awareness-raising and capacity-building within the population.
  • Improvement of access to justice for the most vulnerable, in particular legal clinics offering free advice and aid services as well as judicial assistance.

Our programs in Burundi

ASF wants to contribute to better access to justice for vulnerable people by means of legal and judicial assistance. To do so, ASF is concentrating its actions on programs for:

  • Supporting the implementation of high-quality legal aid services.
  • International protection for refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Support for access to justice and transitional mechanisms for justice for the most vulnerable people, respecting and uplifting the rule of law.

ASF’s publications and the latest news from Burundi 

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