Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Pakistan Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Pakistan. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available. 

Lahore Bar Association/Child Rights Committee

Email: waheed2010athotmail [dot] com
Address: 2/136-A, Aman Park Baghbanpura Lahore, Pakistan
Lahore Bar Association/Child Rights Commitee is an association of Pro-Bono lawyers providing legal aid for children`s rights. This includes the provision of legal juridical assistance to (unaccompanied) refugee children. 

Community Help Community (CHC)

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Email: rhrintlatgmail [dot] com
For refugees: refugeesatchcworld [dot] org

For general information: infoatchcworld [dot] org

Contact Person: Muhammad Ejaz, Co-founder
Located in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan and it is a learning and knowledge-sharing network of experts, communities and students that aim to reduce gaps between refugees and host communities for sustainable peace. CHC is aiming to provide 24 hours legal aid services to refugees specially while travelling or in prisons, for this purpose CHC is building national lawyer and youth groups.


Human Rights Alliance Pakistan

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Tel: 00 92-22-3668323 or 00 92-306-5289973
Email: infoathra [dot] org [dot] pk, Executive Director: Mr Imran Khan Laghari
Address: B#E-14, French Villas, Gulistan-e-Sajjad, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan 

Human Rights alliance HRA Pakistan is a non government, non profit and non discriminatory, awareness raising and capacity building institution registered under Societies Act 1860.
HRA is working in Pakistan with the aim to support deprived and mirganilized communities to upheld their status in the society. HRA is striving for Human Rights, rule of law, peace and nonviolent action in the society of Pakistan. HRA with a team of dedicated and potential volunteers and professionals is striving for rights.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)

www.hrcp-web.org , Facebook
Address: Unit No. 081st Floor, State Life Building No. 5, (ILACO House) Abdullah Haroon Road, Suddar,Karachi- 74400
Tel: 0092 21 5637131 or 0092 21 5637132

Email: karachiathrcp-web [dot] org

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is a non-governmental, non-political organisation which has been promoting human rights in Pakistan since 1987. They provide legal aid and assistance to victims of human rights abuses, and work with other aid organisations as well as individually. As well as defending human rights they seek to educate, and mobilise support from, the Pakistani population. Comprehensive annual reports on the status of human rights in Pakistan are available on the website under Annual Reports, which HRCP will print and post for a fee. HRCP has offices across Pakistan, the details of which are available here.

Norwegian Refugee Council Pakistan

Tel: 00 92 915850323 or 00 92 5702759 or 00 92 5701681
Fax: 00 92 91 58 54 872
Contact Person: Qurat ul-Ain Sadozai, Country Director
Email: pk [dot] infoatnrc [dot] no

NRC provides humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees, they have offices in Charsada, Nowshehra, Kohat, DI Khan, Bajaur, and Mohmmand. Their programme activities are concentrated on five core activities, one being Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance. NRC provides legal assistance, usually through individual casework, but it may also may entail class action. NRC pursues legal action through all relevant local, national and international legal systems and mechanisms, including customary law, conflict resolution and mediation mechanisms and any other prevalent systems of law - in addition to statutory law and the courts. NRC may provide training in legal issues to target groups and key local actors - to establish a platform of understanding of rights and applicable law, and subsequent legal approaches to key issues. This country office assists refugees and IDPs.

Pakistan International Human Rights Organisation (PIHRO)

12, 1-D, 2nd Floor, Rahmat Plaza, Nazim-ud-Din Road, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan 
P.O. Box 3040, G.P.O Islamabad, Post Code: 44000
Tel: 00 92 51 28 28 791
Fax: 00 92 51 28 72 092
Email: infoatpihro [dot] org

Provides legal assistance to refugees as well as shelter, health care and education. A member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

Rights Now Pakistan

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Hyderbad: Flat No.07, First Floor, Haider Chowk Gari Khata
 Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel.: 00 92 222 780737
Karachi: B-12, Jason Coastal Apartment, Clifton Block III, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel:00 92 21 5663514
Email: rightsnowpakatgmail [dot] com

Rights Now Pakistan provide a wide range of assistance to refugees in the cities of Karachi, Hyderabad, Tharparkar and other areas of Southern Pakistan.  They provide legal aid in Karachi and Hyderabad. Rights Now Pakistan Support refugees through providing training in refugee rights (in Karachi), support refugees in finding translators and provide links to NGOs and certain services, particularly Education, Employment opportunities and Health services.The organisation conducts research on refugee rights, provides resources for training and keeps a protective presence at places where refugees reside, monitoring their security situations and reporting to the UN and other International Agencies.
Rights Now Pakistan are a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

Society for Human Rights and Prisoners Aid (SHARP)

Head Office: Off. No. 3, Irfan plaza F.10 Markaz Islamabad. 

Tel: 0092 51 221 1621

Email: banoriatsharp-pakistan [dot] org

Point of Contact:  Mr Mudassar Javed, Director Legal Assistance program

Email: mudassaratsharp-pakistan [dot] org

Field Offices: Lahore, Karachi, Mianwali, Mardan, Haripur, Kohat, 4 Sattelite Units in Peshawar

Society for Human Rights and Prisoners Aid (SHARP) is a registered non governmental organization working for promotion and protection of vulnerable groups as as member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN). SHARP is an implementing partner of UNHCR in Pakistan since 1999 and provides legal aid to the refugees and asylum seekers in three out of four provinces. SHARP has established 7 advice and legal aid centers in 3 provincial capitals and 4 refugee populated areas where refugees are provided awareness through advocacy, legal camps and legal assistance through early interventions and court representations. SHARP is also assisting UNHCR in registration of RSD cases besides assisting in all major emergencies in Pakistan. UNHCR has selected SHARP as partner in international emergency program. SHARP has a team of 65 lawyers, !6 counsellors, 2 GBV specialists, 1 legal expert, 1 community development expert and other supporting staff working for the protection of Refugees. SHARP has a helpline service for refugees who can contact SHARP anytime for assistance particularly at the time of police harassment and illegal detention where SHARP teams intervene immediately. SHARP has been selected chair of newly established refugee rights network in Pakistan.

Union Aid for Afghan Refugees (UAAR)

32-D/1, Circular Road, University Town, Peshawar, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-91-5705780
Email: unionaidathotmail [dot] com
The organization is engaged in welfare projects for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan ensuring their basic rights. In the health sector UAAR provides health services to encamped Afghan refugees. They are also running a primary and a high school for girls, a vocational centre, a project for assisting needy families and a scholarship programme.