Frontiers Ruwad Association (FR) is a non-profit and apolitical non-governmental organization based in Lebanon.
Frontiers aims at enhancing and consolidating the human rights culture embodied in the International Bill of Rights and in the Lebanese Constitution on both the individual and collective levels; safeguarding and defending fundamental rights and public freedom of individuals and groups without discrimination; and seeking to be a center for building capacities in order to achieve sustainable human development.
FR became a non-governmental organization in 2004. It currently has two main operating programs: migration and statelessness in Lebanon.
FR was founded by a group of Lebanese human rights activists who had been active on refugee issues through the Ad-Hoc Committee in Support of Refugees and Asylum-seekers (ACSRA) (1999-2002) and for one year with a civil company called Frontiers Center (2003). Building on is history, FR's mandate is to defend and advocate on behalf of refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons. FR is developing a professional quality legal counseling and advocacy programs. Its staff and partners are trained and advised by experts with experience in international human rights and refugee law and legal aid development, and includes counselors with backgrounds in law and social sciences.
At present, FR main activities in the refugee and statelessness arena include:
- legal aid for refugees and stateless persons
- legal counseling and representation of refugees, stateless, and other vulnerable migrant groups;
- Monitoring detention of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons, particularly arbitrary detention, torture, and death in custody
- legal and policy research and publication on pertinent refugee and statelessness issues in Lebanon;
- Internal and external training on refugee law and advocacy;
- information dissemination and raising awareness;
- empowerment of refugees;
- networking at national and international level.