Centre d'accès pour les droits de l'homme

Défense des droits

ACHR specializes in observing refugee rights situations, publishes periodic publications on violations, and develops international advocacy campaigns to ensure the right to human dignity in the countries of asylum until their voluntary, dignified, and safe return to their country of origin.

Nos actions en cours

Qui sommes-nous ?

Who we are?

Access Center for Human Rights (ACHR) is a non-profit, non-governmental refugee-led human rights organization founded in Beirut in 2017 and re-established in Paris in 2020. ACHR includes a group of human rights defenders with experience in law and advocacy and specializes in observing the human rights refugee situation and issues periodic material on violations with the aim of raising awareness and advocacy to ensure the protection and dignity of refugees in the countries of asylum until their voluntary, dignified, and safe return to their country of origin.


What we do?

ACHR seeks to contribute to the protection of refugee victims of human rights violations and support CSOs, decision-makers, and institutions with the verified and unbiased data necessary to shape more effective responses and policies. Protecting human rights defenders is an essential priority for ACHR by creating a safe space for their activities and providing them with legal support before regional and international mechanisms and with the necessary tools to conduct human rights work safely. ACHR does not only target refugees but also host communities by combatting hate speech and misinformation against refugees through its media-advocacy work that uses inclusive language and considers historical and political sensitivities.


Collaborations and partnerships

ACHR is the only organization in Lebanon today with a database specifically for human rights violations against Syrian refugees and finds it crucial to work with entities of similar values for common goals. ACHR has an MoU with ACLED and is an active member of Voices of Displaced Syrians Forum (VDSF), Lebanon Policy and Research Network on Displacement (LPRND), People affected by the Syrian Crisis (PASC), Refugee Protection Watch (RPW), EuroMed Rights, and collaborates with many organizations, UN agencies, and diplomatic missions.


Our network

Having focal points across Lebanon and strong ties to the Syrian community allowed ACHR to grow its monitoring and documentation activities, especially after contracting with a forensic expert in 2020. To increase the effectiveness of the documentation, it established referral channels for urgent cases and submits individual complaints to the UN Special Procedures.


Reports published by ACHR

ACHR has distinctively worked on very sensitive reports; some of its notable work includes arbitrary deportation(February 2020), the pressures exercised by Lebanese authorities on CSOs (August 2020), the migration routes and subsequent deportations (December 2021), the situation of detainees focusing on due process and torture (March 2022), the “voluntary” return plan (November 2022), in addition to annual reports on the observed violations (see 2020 and 2021).


ACHR’s collaborations

ACHR also conducts research with other organizations and is currently working with Front Line Defenders (FLD) on a joint report on the conditions of refugee HRDs. Previously, ACHR worked with SIRAJ on a joint investigative report on ID confiscation by Lebanese authorities (10/2020) and received third prize for the Free Press Unlimited “Joint Production Fund” project competition in 2020, as well as co-drafted UPR submissions for LebanonGreece, and Syria. We also worked on other joint papers available on our website.


ACHR’s advocacy work

ACHR’s advocacy work raises awareness of the situation among the public and communicates the findings and needed change with relevant actors. ACHR is now working on local and international advocacy campaigns aimed at refugees (in regard to awareness of their rights) and decision-makers in regard to the application by authorities of human rights laws. In 2019, ACHR launched the first Syrian refugee-led advocacy campaign by meeting with country representatives and international institutions in Lebanon and Geneva. In 2021, ACHR led a campaign on the updated situation of refugees in Lebanon, holding a webinar, a series of meetings with stakeholders, podcasts, a policy paper, and an action paper, in addition to another campaign with EuroMed Rights and its members on Cyprus pushbacks to Lebanon and subsequent deportations. 

Why support us?

Supporting ACHR’s documentation activities allows the team to continue monitoring and documenting the human rights refugee situation, raise awareness on violations against Syrian refugees, and ensure their right to protection and human dignity in the countries of asylum.

ACHR's work is crucial amid the ongoing crises in Lebanon; the living and economic conditions worsen for all residents of Lebanon, and refugees face additional legal limitations that hinder their access to basic needs. At the same time, community and political tensions rise against refugees and direct and indirect pressures for returns.

Having strong ties to the refugee communities in Lebanon and the only database for documenting human rights violations against Syrian refugees, ACHR is filling the gap of access to information on this situation, as well as establishing itself at the forefront of rights organizations working on refugee issues, becoming a reference for the actors and decisionmakers working on refugee issues.