Legal aid

1 July 2015

ASF partnerships: the cornerstone of sustainable change

Brussels/Bujumbura – Against the backdrop of an extremely serious political crisis, ASF and its partners continue working to ensure access to justice for all in Burundi. ASF and the bar association at Bujumbura Court of Appeal have recently signed an agreement renewing and shaping their partnership up to 2021.

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15 May 2015

Sensibilisation avec affiche et microphone - ASF Goma

No legal existence equals no rights for Congolese citizens

Lubero, DR Congo – Registration of births – and marriages – is vital for the establishment of citizens’ rights. This is the message that was shared by ASF and its partners with more than 6,000 people living in Lubero, North Kivu.

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12 November 2014

: L’association des Femmes Juristes du Tchad est l’une des trois organisations bénéficiant du soutien d’ASF. Deuxième à partir de la droite : Ben Kabagambe, Coordinateur de programme ASF au Tchad.

Chad: civil society is rallying together for better access to justice

The population of Chad still faces numerous obstacles when trying to obtain access to justice. Given this situation, organisations of civil society are taking action: they are making citizens more aware of their rights, offering them free legal advice, judicial assistance or mediation services. ASF is supporting three of these organisations in their efforts to protect human rights.

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23 April 2014

Nepalese women’s quest to claim rights

In Nepal, when a man abandons his wife and family it is common for the woman to be left in the lurch as destitutes. Women are systematically denied their rights under the law especially property rights, inheritance and alimony. ASF in partnership with local bar associations, plays a crucial role in not only empowering women’s awareness of the law to claim their rights but also accompanying them through the legal processes.

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19 March 2014

For a more accessible justice system in eastern Congo

The vulnerable population in the east of the DRC is benefiting from free legal advice thanks to a new partnership between the bar associations in the region and ASF. In practice, this means that more life is injected into the free legal aid services, helping to make the justice system more attainable for people seeking justice, and to assist in bringing about a return to peace.

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7 December 2013

What’s the point of human rights if there is no access to remedy?

On the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December, ASF notes that rights are not effective if so many people in vulnerable situations cannot access remedy for human rights violations. This is especially the case in countries emerging from conflict or in transition.

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27 November 2013

Law Talk Aired Out

Kathmandu – How does one ensure that people know their rights when a large part of the population is illiterate, poor and lives in remote rural areas? In Nepal, community radio is a perfect medium to raise legal awareness and disseminate information. ASF has been broadcasting radio jingles and talk shows on subjects such as gender and reproductive rights, child rights, and anti-discrimination laws, prompting people to share their stories and participate in legal discussion on the air.

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15 November 2013

Why is justice without borders?

Who better to respond to this question than ASF’s Heads of Mission and Regional Representatives, based in different countries worldwide. They have gathered for ten days of intensive briefing at ASF’s headquarters in Brussels and they share their views about the core of the organisation’s mandate: the defense of human rights.

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3 June 2013

Nepalese lawyers help counter human trafficking

Enhancing people’s access to justice is crucial in the fight against impunity for human trafficking in Nepal. Together with its partner NGO and the local district bar, ASF is organising mobile legal clinics as a way to counter this widespread phenomenon. Thanks to these mobile legal aid centres, communities are sensitised about their rights and are provided with counselling when they face legal problems.

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12 August 2012

A National Legal Aid Strategy in Burundi: A first in the Great Lakes Region

Ensuring equal rights and guaranteeing access to justice for all citizens is a challenge, particularly in a country such as Burundi. Until recently, twenty organisations have been separately, without coordination…

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