Kick-off Event “Refugee Law” in Kabul

Max Planck Foundation starts project on “Refugee Law”

The Max Planck Foundation and the Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law jointly held the kick-off event of the “Refugee Law” project from 27–29 March 2016 in Kabul. Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation and the heads of its provincial departments.

The workshop aimed at eliciting the current legal gaps and challenges which the governmental authorities are facing with regard to displacement. Besides, the activity prepared the ground for improved coordination and communication between relevant stakeholders and addressed methods to raise awareness throughout the country on issues surrounding internally displaced persons, refugees and returnees.

In addition, the participants of the workshop were provided with an overview of the legal state of affairs concerning refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees. Furthermore, the legal interplay between national and international stakeholders was addressed. In this context representatives of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) explained the mandate and role of their institutions and shared their perspective on the key issues which they encounter in the field of displacement.

The kick-off event established the basis for a successful cooperation among the actors involved and was thus an important prerequisite for the success of the project. The joint discussions helped to provide a basis for a need-based development of the curricula for the envisaged training cycle.