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. 

UNHCR has recently created Welcome to the Pakistan ‘HELP’ website page of UNHCR in light of recent events taking place in Afghanistan. This page was created to provide useful information to individuals seeking support in Pakistan and will be continually updated. On this page, you will also find information relating to: 

Lahore Bar Association/Child Rights Committee

2/136-A, Aman Park Baghbanpura Lahore, Pakistan
Email: waheed2010athotmail [dot] com

Lahore Bar Association/Child Rights Committee 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 (CRC) 

Email: rhrintlatgmail [dot] com
For refugees: refugeesatchcworld [dot] org
For general information: infoatchcworld [dot] org
Contact Person: Muhammad Ejaz, Co-founder

Community Help Community CHC is a non-governmental organisation working for the uplift of the society through the provision of humanitarian assistance in Pakistan. Their projects are focused on the following: Protection of women and children and their rights, water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, humanitarian affairs, food security and livelihoods, education, disaster risk reduction.

Human Rights Alliance (HRA) Pakistan  

B#E-14, French Villas, Gulistan-e-Sajjad, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan 
Tel: +92 22 36 68 323 or +92 30 65 28 99 73
Email: hra [dot] pakistan1atgmail [dot] com 
Executive Director: Mr Imran Khan Laghari

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 marginalized communities to uphold their status in the society. HRA is striving for human rights, rule of law, peace and nonviolent action in the society of Pakistan. HRA Pakistan is actively advocating for the rights of persons with concerns including the refugees in the country. 

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)

Founded in 1986, and registered under the Societies Registration Act in 1987, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan ( HRCP ) is the country’s apex independent body committed to supporting human rights in the country. A non-partisan organisation, its goal is to realise the entire ambit of human rights – as defined in the Constitution of Pakistan and international instruments – for all citizens of Pakistan as well as all persons present otherwise in the country.  HRCP believes that this goal must be realised without any distinction or discrimination on grounds of gender or gender identity, race, religion, sect or belief, ethnicity, domicile, disability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. 

HRCP monitors, chronicles and advocates human rights as enshrined in Pakistan’s constitution and international instruments. It carries out research, manages projects, conducts fact-finding missions and runs rights-based campaigns across the country.  HRCP ’s flagship annual report, State of Human Rights, is widely considered the most comprehensive document available on this subject.  HRCP also operates a Complaints Cell that serves as a referral mechanism for survivors of human rights abuses. Please contact the Complaints Cell on +92 333 200 6800 or complaintsathrcp-web [dot] org.

Norwegian Refugee Council Pakistan

Tel: +92 91 58 50 323 or +92 57 02 759 or +92 57 01 681
Fax: +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 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: +92 51 28 28 791
Fax: +92 51 28 72 092
Email: infoatpihro [dot] org

PIHRO provides legal assistance to refugees as well as shelter, health care and education. A member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN). It promotes a unique holistic approach by combining human rights advocacy with physical development initiatives. By adopting this approach, PIHRO has achieved tremendous results to date, particularly in the most backward areas of the country. 

Rights Now Pakistan

Hyderabad Office
Flat No.07, First Floor, Haider Chowk Gari Khata Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92 22 27 80 737
Karachi Office
B-12, Jason Coastal Apartment, Clifton Block III, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Tel: +92 21 56 63 514
Email: rightsnowpakatgmail [dot] com

Rights Now Pakistan provides 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 supports refugees through providing training in refugee rights (in Karachi), in finding translators and provides 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 is a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

Society for Human Rights and Prisoners Aid (SHARP 

Islamabad Office:
House # 2, Postal Colony, CMT Road, Golra Morr, Islamabad, Pakistan 
Peshawar Office:  House No. 62, Mosque Street, Khyber Colony # 2, Tehkal Payan, Jamrood Road, Peshawar, Pakistan
Email: banoriatsharp-pakistan [dot] org

SHARP is a registered non-governmental organisation working for promotion and protection of vulnerable groups as a 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 has several projects specifically refugee related such as, a helpline service for refugees seeking assistance particularly at the time of police harassment and illegal detention. SHARP is also assisting UNHCR in registration of RSD cases. UNHCR has selected SHARP as a partner in the international emergency programme. 

SHARP has a team of 42 professional lawyers, 14 psychosocial counselors, doctors, HR officials and other supporting staff working for the protection of Refugees. It has been selected chair of the newly established refugee rights network in Pakistan.

Union Aid for Afghan Refugees (UAAR)

32-D/1, Circular Road, University Town, Peshawar, Pakistan
Tel: +92 91 57 05 780
Email: unionaidathotmail [dot] com

The organiaation 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.