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Project “Free legal assistance to individuals seeking international protection” directed at persons seeking international protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the persecution they face in the country of origin and to persons granted international protection in BiH, is being continuously implemented from 2010 and is continuing in 2015 with the support of UNHCR.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is a State Party to the 1951 Convention/1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1950 European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and a number of other relevant international human rights instruments. Bosnia and Herzegovina is also a State Party to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.  Having ratified these international instruments Bosnia and Herzegovina had to establish a national asylum framework, as well as functional capacities for the implementation of international protection (which includes asylum and subsidiary protection). The goal of the FLD legal aid project is to ensure that international protection in BiH is provided in line with these instruments. By providing free legal aid and information to asylum-seekers, FLD  helps improving the quality of refugee status determination in BiH and thus contributes to the implementation of the 1951 Convention/1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. The project also establishes good co-operation with the UNHCR Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which supervises the application of the provisions of the 1951 Refugee Convention by the relevant institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Within the legal aid project FLD, in co-operation with UNHCR, has created a team of lawyers that will provide free legal aid to aliens and/or stateless persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the international protection procedure.

When individuals express intention to seek protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina from serious violations of human rights owing to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership to a particular social group, they acquire the right to free legal aid. The legal team shall offer free legal aid by:

•     Providing information and legal counseling to applicants for international protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina and representing them before the competent authorities;
•     Helping recognized refugees, persons under subsidiary protection and persons under temporary protection to access the rights deriving from their status;
•     Assisting persons entitled to temporary residence in Bosnia and Herzegovina on humanitarian grounds in accordance with Article 118 of the Law on Movement and Stay of Aliens and Asylum;
•     Challenging domestic decisions before international human rights bodies in order to ensure the rights of the above mentioned persons of concern.

From 2014, within the project objectives, FLD is providing information and legal aid to persons readmitted to BiH based on readmission agreements ( BiH refugees returning from abroad or readmitted persons who have IDP or returnee status in BiH), who are accommodated in the Readmission Centre in Salakovac, Mostar.

In order to facilitate access to information about the right to legal assistance to individuals seeking international protection many activities such is insurance of proper dissemination of relevant information to the beneficiaries, in the form of printing information material/ leaflets in the various languages (English, Persian, Arabic, Hindi, Punjab, Urdu and Pashto),  including regular publications and media presentations has been also carried out.

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About the foundation

Local Democracy Foundation is a local non-governmental organization that has 20 years of experience in designing, coordinating, managing and providing technical and personnel support for various projects and programs.
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