Counselling for asylum seekers

If you are applying for asylum and think that your rights have been violated in Estonia, you are eligible to issue a complaint with us, so we can see how to put an end to the offence, give advice, or assist with finding contacts to seek protection of your rights.

You can submit the application for counselling or representation by e-mail at Your application is reviewed, and its possible effect is analysed on judicial practice, the legal system and the process of asylum proceedings. In case your representation or counselling would change the existing practice, you will be ensured representation in the asylum proceedings, at court and in the relevant authorities, incl. drafting the necessary documents. If needed, lawyers with the Estonian Human Rights Centre will address the relevant international and local supervisory authorities, such as the UN Human Rights Committee, the European Court of Human Rights, and Court of Justice.

The Estonian Human Rights Centre offers legal aid to asylum seekers, whose cases are of strategic importance, in order to ensure access to fair and appropriate asylum proceedings and to ensure that the rights of asylum seekers are not violated in Estonia. The services include:

  • Representation at authorities (incl. courts) and in asylum proceedings
  • Assistance in applying for state legal aid
  • Legal aid is free of charge.

Counselling is performed by e-mail or by phone or on site (by agreeing the time in advance) at:

Estonian Human Rights Centre
4 Parda St., 3rd floor
10151 Tallinn
Phone: +372 644 5148


Find the information about the legal aid in 6 languages here.

The project is funded by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).