We deeply believe in the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

The process of seeking asylum in Europe stands in stark contrast to those ideals: at European borders, asylum seekers are denied their human rights through illegal pushbacks, arbitrary detention, restriction of movement in closed camps and degrading living conditions.

We believe that this reality is not in accordance with the rights and freedoms that European states are bound to guarantee for everyone within their jurisdiction. Yet, asylum seekers do not have the means to access justice, as legal information and representation are limited by practical or administrative barriers.

I HAVE RIGHTS is our answer to this intolerable reality and intends to reach beyond these limitations.

What we do

We make justice accessible

Our international team of lawyers, legal interns and language mediators provides asylum seekers in the EU “Hotspot” Samos with free legal information about the asylum procedure, supports them in reuniting with their families in Europe and challenges Europe’s degrading treatment of people seeking refuge in front of the European Court of Human Rights.

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We pressure stakeholders

In our understanding, the situation on Samos is not a humanitarian crisis, but the result of EU policies. We give a detailed portrayal of each individual case that we bring in front of the ECtHR and publish different campaigns on our advocacy page. By exposing the systematic, degrading conditions asylum seekers in the Greek “hotspots” have to live in, we want to put pressure on stakeholders to achieve systematic change.

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Free legal information and legal support for asylum seekers and refugees on Samos.

I HAVE RIGHTS is a new non-profit organisation that emerged from the Refugee Law Clinic Berlin after working on Samos for more than three years. We are working on individual cases like interview preparations, family reunifications and appeals. We currently operate in the SAMOS LEGAL CENTRE that we share with Avocats Sans Frontières.

I HAVE RIGHTS’ international team consists of lawyers, legal experts and interpreters.

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