Legal assistance – Peshawar

Legal assistance is provided by SACH via three satellite units in Peshawar city. The lawyers provide free assistance to the cases identified under the section 14 Foreigners act or the 55/109 act. Typically, these cases are identified through calls received on UNHCR’s protection helpline.

The RAHA programme in Peshawar has included several advocacy events as well as mass information dissemination to better support interaction between Afghans and their host communities.

Community based mechanisms vis-a-vis legal assistance is non-existent, primarily due to scattered nature of the refugee population in Peshawar, with the two nationalities often living alongside one another. Nevertheless, in a few locations of the city, refugees do tend to live in more homogenous groups, and in these areas the traditional Jirga mechanism is in place for internal conflict resolution.