1951 CONVENTION RELATING TO THE STATUS OF REFUGEES
1967 PROTOCOL RELATING TO THE STATUS OF REFUGEES
ACCESS TO TERRITORY AND ASYLUM PROCEDURE
Access to territory for the people seeking asylum, receiving proper legal counseling and representation through all refugee status determination procedure, as well as assisting on their integration, will shape their life in the future. By providing free legal aid, law and policy development, awareness-raising, and institutional capacity-building, CRP/K is the answer these people in need deserve and want.
Since 2008 when state institutions first took over decision making on asylum requests in the country, CRP/K has been close to the asylum seekers and refugees by having access and being present everywhere they are located. Besides having its main office in Prishtine, CRP/K has designated offices inside Asylum Centres in Magure and Vranidoll, where our legal staff present provide legal aid and counseling on daily basis. Our field officers closely monitor asylum seekers right to access the territory is being respected, while integration colleagues ensure refugees integration is facilitated, by providing them guidance on the procedures and identification and addressing of their needs.
CRP/K has become the voice of the asylum seekers and refugees through directly assisting them with free legal aid, avocation for their rights, building of the capacities of the authorities dealing with asylum, and assisting in their integration. Through the assistance provided, many refugees have been recognized by the country. Further, they have benefitted and are now enjoying documentation, housing, working and what’s the most important to them, the feel of being in a safe place.
CRPK staff is continuously trained and stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment pertaining refugees. For more than 15 years, our team of experienced lawyers is proud to fight for asylum seekers and refugee rights, and will continue in the same spirit to advocate for protection and finding solutions to help improve the quality of the asylum procedure and this way also refugees’ lives!
Over 6000 assisted refugees
More than 2500 legally represented
“The UNHCR has had the most excellent relations with the voluntary agencies. Their work is in a true sense of the term indispensable and invaluable for refugees”
Dr. Van Heuven Goedhart, The first High Commissioner for Refugees, 1954