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Stakeholders move to ease access to justice for refugees

By Isatou Jawara

In a bid to ensure that refugees and other persons of concern to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR receive adequate access to justice, an MoU between the UN agency and the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA) was signed.
The UN refugee agency also handed over office equipment to Nala.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Interior, Mr Hassan Tangara, thanked the Agency, saying government was conscious of the fact that such aids are never easy to come by.

He said the MoU will assist persons of concerns to UNHCR to hold valid identification documents.
“The UNHCR shall advocate for community legal education and representation of refugees to ensure enjoyment of their rights and respect of their obligations.”
Mr Saikou Saho, head of UNHCR-The Gambia said they will try to provide complementary training in international refugee law as well as present documents and other relevant tools to NALA attorney’s to conduct activities to achieve the purpose of the MOU.

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