£15,000 to the Equal Rights Trust and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan: The £15,000 donation from our Justice Fund was used to leverage matched funding of £300,000 from the EU. This will be used by the Equal Rights Trust and the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan to:
- Increase the capacity of civil society lawyers to advise victims of discrimination in Pakistan; and
- Strengthen the mechanisms through which the individuals in need of such advice may access it safely.
£15,000 to Oxfam in Greece’s Legal Aid Project: In November 2018, our members voted in favour of making a donation from the Justice Fund of £15,000 to Oxfam in Greece in order to continue to support their work in aid of asylum seekers on the island of Lesvos. This will be used to:
- Launch a legal information dissemination scheme in order to ensure that information on the asylum system and seeking sanctuary is made accessible and comprehensible to newly arrived asylum seekers of all nationalities, who are likely otherwise to struggle to understand the complex and ever-changing rules and what services may be available to assist them.
- Fund a Greek asylum lawyer with an organisation called European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL) in order to ensure early and meaningful access to free and independent legal advice for asylum seekers in advance of their asylum interviews and assistance with reunification applications under the Dublin Regulation (as well as for detainees and unaccompanied minors wrongly registered as adults).
Between January and May 2019, Oxfam in Greece is aiming to distribute 8,000 leaflets to newly arrived asylum seekers. In the same time, the additional lawyer in ELIL’s team will be able to assist around 800 individuals, including unaccompanied minors.
Mary Sunday v Nigeria: Members donated funding of $30,000 to enable the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (alongside the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre) to initiate a case on behalf of a woman called Mary Sunday, who suffered severe injuries and burns after an attack by her fiancé. In May 2018, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States handed down its final decision, finding that Nigeria had violated the victim’s rights under Article 7 of the African Charter and awarding compensation of 15 million Naira. You can read more about the case here.
Oxfam in Greece’s Legal Aid Project: Members donated funding of €10,000 to support the Greek Council for Refugees in the delivery of free legal and social assistance to asylum seekers stranded on the island of Lesvos, who would otherwise struggle to access the advice they need to make a claim for asylum or reunification with family in other EU countries. This was used to cover the cost of one lawyer for 5 months between October 2017 and February 2018. In this time, they were able to open 65 new cases and supply information, counselling or representation to almost 100 individuals. You can read more about this work here.