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AMERA (Africa & Middle East Refugee Assistance)

National Network: 
United Kingdom
Address: 
30 Burford Road
Chipping Norton
Oxfordshire
OX7 5TZ
Royaume-Uni
Telephone: 
+44 (0)1608644782
E-Mail (2): 
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
2003
Fields of Activity: 
General Information: 

African and Middle East Assistance (AMERA) was founded as a UK Charity in January 2003 (Registered Charity No. 1098788), to promote the development of pro bono legal aid for refugees in countries where such services are non-existent and where legal representation might assist them in realising their rights. The awareness of this need came out of several years of research in Africa and the Mediterranean region that exposed the appalling conditions in which most refugees live and the failure of states to protect them.

Mission and Objectives: 

AMERA-UK's mission is to nurture and co-ordinate emerging projects, ensure high standards of pro bono legal representation and to raise money for the growing network of pro bono refugee legal aid offices.

AMERA's objectives are:

# To provide relief for refugees by offering pro bono legal advice on issues relating to asylum determination, settlement of migrants, family re-unification and other matters relating to the enjoyment of fundamental rights

# To provide psychosocial services to help refugees deal emotionally and mentally with their past and present struggles and to empower them to present their testimonies at interviews conducted with state authorities or with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

# To advance education of the public, in particular lawyers and paralegals, in matters relating to forced migration and law affecting refugees in Africa and the Middle East

Main Projects / Activities: 

The role of AMERA-UK is to nurture and co-ordinate emerging projects, ensure high standards of pro bono legal representation and to raise money for the growing network of pro bono refugee legal aid offices.

AMERA-Egypt provides legal and psychosocial support to recognised refugees and those seeking asylum to ensure that they have access to the most basic rights. AMERA-Egypt has a number of specialist teams working in refugee status determination, refugee protection and registration, gender-based violence, unaccompanied minors, community networking and psychosocial support.

The Refugee Law Project in Uganda is providing psychosocial support to refugees and other forced migrants in Uganda. They also provide a pro bono law clinic, run education and training classes, and carry out research and advocacy pertaining to the situation of displaced persons in Uganda.