Legal Services (UNHCR-Hired Lawyers and Dispute Settlement Committees)

If you are in need of legal assistance, UNHCR can provide support through the UNHCR-Hired Lawyers and the Dispute Settlement Committees.

Refugees can benefit from and must abide by all rights and obligations reflected in the Iranian laws and regulations. Refugees may be subject of a lawsuit of any nature or require consultation on civil and criminal matters or even administrative procedures related to their documentation, etc.

UNHCR-Hired Lawyers

UNHCR-Hired Lawyers (UHLs) are available to provide legal counselling to all UNHCR persons of concern, no matter their nationality or documentation status, at no cost. You may contact the UNHCR office nearest your place of residence for more information.

Dispute Settlement Committees

Dispute Settlement Committees (DSC) were established with the main purpose of assisting Afghan Amayesh card holders to settle civil legal issues with Iranians and other Afghan nationals. DSCs do not offer services to non-Afghan foreign nationals.

Dispute Settlement Committees are run by BAFIA and are usually located within the provincial BAFIA office. You may contact the UNHCR office closest to you to be referred by the UNHCR-Hired Lawyer to a Dispute Settlement Committee to resolve your legal dispute. You may also contact your BAFIA provincial for more information.

It should be noted that UNHCR has limited capacity to assist with Legal Services in case of traffic accidents resulting in injuries, death, or financial damages while driving without a license. The driver may be held is responsible and subject to pay damages or sentenced to prison.