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Legal counselling

In addition to collecting basic data on the legal problems of clients, there are several areas within which our legal service works. The first area involves obtaining statements from people who have suffered some form of torture: these statements are used in the process of filing criminal charges against the perpetrators. They are also used in filing lawsuits in civil proceedings for compensation of damages, which is the basic legal remedy to provide compensation for the torture victim by the responsible state. If charges or lawsuits are filed in further proceedings, our lawyers provide pro bono in-court representation for our clients until the final ruling of the court, as well as during the process of execution of court decisions. While taking statements, the lawyer also informs his/her clients about what type of evidence they need to obtain in order to file the lawsuit, as well as about all other relevant legal issues. The statements obtained from clients are entered into a unified database on torture victims, representing a testimony on the experienced torture.

In addition, working with refugees who have fled from other parts of the former Yugoslavia , the lawyer registers interested clients, takes their personal data and completes the forms needed for provision of documents (issuing birth certificates and citizenship certificates for refugees from Croatia ). The lawyer also refers the clients to other agencies able to provide more concrete assistance in organising the return process.

A third area of activity for lawyers is provision of legal advice with regard to property and tenancy rights that need to be resolved, as well as general information from other legal domains. They also submit important initiatives concerning legal rights of torture victims and educate general public with problems of torture victims, etc.

More about legal counselling of IAN CRTTV clients



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