Humanitarian Affairs Unit

The Humanitarian Affairs Unit is one of Future World Center’s Units

Through its work it responds directly to the needs of vulnerable populations by addressing issues of rights’ violations, marginalization and social injustice, with a focus on asylum seekers and people under international protection. The Unit has been offering free multidisciplinary support to these populations since 2006, along with specialized support services to victims of torture, violence, and trafficking, within these populations.

Our Objectives

– Promote human rights and social justice – Contribute to an inclusive and tolerant society

– Advocate for the rights of refugees

– Address social inequalities, poverty, and exclusion

– Combat racism, xenophobia, and discrimination

Our projects and what we do

* Strengthening Asylum Strengthening Asylum has been implemented by the Future Worlds Center since May 2006. It is funded by the UNHCR Representation in Cyprus. This project’s main objective is to ensure that beneficiaries have access to a fair and efficient asylum procedure, while they can enjoy the rights they are entitled to according to national, European, and International law. Unit for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture

* The Unit for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture (URVT) URVT is a project that aims to support and promote the empowerment and rehabilitation of torture victims and victims of trafficking who are asylum seekers or persons granted with international protection status in Cyprus and to assist them to integrate into the local society. URVT functions in association to a network of volunteer service providers, medical professionals, and interpreters. For information click here

* Provision of Free Legal Assistance to Asylum Seekers Provision of Free Legal Assistance to Asylum Seekers is a project funded by the European Refugee Fund and the Republic of Cyprus. This project compliments the additional projects run by Future Worlds Center's Humanitarian Affairs Unit.

* Improvement of the Situation of Asylum Seekers in Cyprus "Improvement of the Situation of Asylum Seekers in Cyprus" is a project funded by the Federal Republic of Germany. The project aims to take a holistic approach by working both at the individual and the societal levels. It aims to affect xenophobic public attitudes, discriminatory state policies and practices in an effort to make Cyprus a more inclusive and accepting host society.

* AIDA - Asylum Information Database The AIDA project is jointly coordinated by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, Irish Refugee Council and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. It aims to provide up-to date information on asylum practice in 16 EU Member States which is easily accessible to the media, researchers, legal practitioners and the general public. The latest updated report (February 2015) can be found here:

Head of Unit: Corina Drousiotou
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