Realising Refugee Rights in Cameroon.
Provide training in refugee law to Cameroonian lawyers and support them to provide free legal advice and representation to refugees and asylum seekers in Cameroon.
January 2014 - December 2014
Africa And Middle East Refugee Assistance (amera)
There is no known case of a refugee receiving legal representation by a lawyer in Cameroon to provide advice and representation through this process. Until they receive official refugee status, individuals are stuck in limbo, where they cannot formally work, attend school, or have access to health care. Refugees are often exploited and discriminated against, many live in precarious conditions and those living in urban areas, contrary to international law, are arrested arbitrarily and refouled.
AMERA will work with a local organisation to train local lawyers and engage an expert in refugee law to give support and supervision in providing free legal advice and representation to refugees. In particular for those individuals seeking official refugee status in order to realise their rights under international law.
Increase the number of refugees being officially recognised by UNHCR in Cameroon
Activities» Hire of an expert in refugee law to commence taking on individual cases and provide training to local Cameroonian lawyers and law students.
» Provide intensive training for 25 lawyers in Cameroon on refugee law and taking detailed testimonies from refugees.
Through monitoring the numbers of individuals being provided with legal aid and the numbers of refugees being granted refugee status by UNHCR.
Reduce the numbers of refugees being arbitrarily detained and refouled
Activities» Hold 4 workshops on refugee rights for CSOs, judiciary, law enforcement officials
Through monitoring the numbers of refugees who are held in detention in Cameroon or returned home as illegal immigrants.
Improve the accessibility to basic needs for refugees in Cameroon
Activities» Set up a network of lawyers and CSOs to ensure regular dialogue and peer learning and support in providing advice and assistance to refugees
Through evidence from refugees that they have better access to shelter, healthcare, education and employment opportunities.
The project will bring about a change in practice for lawyers, judiciary and law enforcement officers in Cameroon. Free legal advice and representation for refugees will become widely available and those working in the judiciary and law enforcement will be aware of and afford refugees their rights.
This will be demonstrated by the number of lawyers providing legal advice and representation and also through the evidence of changes in practice of legal officers.
The risks are:
That the legal community are not interested in providing legal assistance to refugees. We have dealt with this by working closely with a Cameroonian Judge who has worked to ensure that the interest is there, and has already identified over 10 lawyers who are keen to work in this area.
That the situation in Cameroon does not remain the same in terms of stability. By working with local lawyers, we minimise the impact this may have on the project.
We will provide quarterly updates to donors on the success and learning of the project as well as financial reports on project expenditure.
Budget - Project Cost: £52,115Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £12,000 Refugee lawyer To provide training and supervision to local lawyers £6,400 Training Training workshops for local lawyers, including premises, materials etc. £13,000 Administration and management to coordinate and mangage the project, finances and administration £3,195 Equipment Office furniture and equipment £5,520 Office costs Premises, utilities, communication and office consumables £6,000 Travel In country travel for office staff and lawyers attending training sessions £6,000 Evaluation External evaluation of project after 1st year.
The project will eventually cover the whole of Cameroon. It will be started in Bamenda and North West Cameroon, which is close to the Nigerian border.
The project will directly benefit some of the 106,000 refugees who have fled mainly from neighbouring Chad, Libya and Central African Republic and the increasing number of refugees fleeing from the violence in Nigeria, which number over 8000.
Cameroon as well as further benefiting the wider refugee population by increasing the awareness of their rights and situation among legal practitioners, law officers and other NGO's.
AMERA has worked with partners for 10 years to develop their free legal assistance services to refugees.
AMERA is able to source refugee law experts to provide training and supervision, link local organisations to other similar organisations across Africa and globally and provide fundraising and organisational development support.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Director of AMERA and leading the project for AMERA.
Judge Mukete Tahle
Cameroonian Judge and founder of the partner organisation Refugee Welfare Association, Cameroon.