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In Africa it is said that justice is open to all – and so is the Intercontinental Hotel. The hard reality is that most Africans do not know their legal rights and lack the means to obtain advice and representation. For example, in Uganda 90% of lawyers live in the capital Kampala, whilst 95% of the populace cannot afford to retain a private lawyer. Justice then becomes a luxury of the wealthy few. Hard won doctrines taken for granted by Australian lawyers such as the rule of law and judicial independence are still to be fought for. Injustice in the justice system is often the norm.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8 and 9)

In partnership with lawyers in the developing world CLEAR, Christian Lawyers for Justice, aims to provide human rights education and offer legal assistance to those suffering injustice… Want to be involved? PrayDoGoGive.

You can also find out about: CLEARThe Need (Stories)CLEAR VisionCLEAR Inspiration and contact CLEAR.

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Are you in SA? The SA Lawyers Christian Fellowship November lunch is coming up next week.
Here are the details:
When: Wednesday 2nd November
Where: Wyatt Trust, 100 Pirie Street, Level 5 – in the Boardroom
Time: 1pm for a 1:10pm start, until 2pm
What to bring: Your own lunch
Who to bring: Lawyers and law students
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The Autumn Justice Team have arrived safely and are settling in well in Rwanda. The following provides their first update of the trip so you can support them in prayer.

The Team found it a joy to meet some of the staff from our partner organisation in Rwanda, Lawyers Of Hope (LOH) and to have some time to rest and prepare.

Following a time of fellowship with LOH last night, their programme begins in earnest today in the LOH office and then onto a genocide memorial site.

On Sunday, they went to a local church, where one of our partners is a member - as an international church there was a familiar feel to the service and they enjoyed singing a song from Burundi. Afterwards they enjoyed a walk around Kigali town centre, including some sampling of the famous Rwandan coffee and African tea, before preparing for the evening.

Sunday evening saw a gathering of around 20 members of LOH, drawn from across the legal profession, who offered a very warm welcome to the team.

Following a talk on Numbers 27, encouraging one another to prayerfully involve God in their cases and to be bold in stepping out as we seek to serve God in our work, they enjoyed some fantastic food and great conversations, sharing the joys and challenges of working as Christians within the legal profession.

Later today, after the visit to the LOH office and genocide memorial, some of the team are running a teaching session at a local university on comparative law and cross examination.

Thank you for your support. If you are minded to pray, please pray:
- for the strengthening and unity of the team;
- for the programme - over the next few days, various members of the team will be facilitating training sessions with local lawyers, including on Tuesday where the day will be opened by the Chief Justice.
- for Lawyers of Hope as they host us this week. They are also finalising reports for World Vision and maintaining case work.

03 October 2016
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On all accounts the ACLC was a resounding success! Praise God for a wonderful, encouraging time, inspiring all to a new resolve to servanthood for His kingdom. BIG thanks to the dream team of convention coordinators without whom it would not have been possible! ... See MoreSee Less

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Queensland's Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Multicultural Affairs and first Female Parliamentary Speaker, Fiona Simpson MP speaks at the ACLC on advocating for the voiceless and vulnerable in the abortion and euthanasia debates. ... See MoreSee Less

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Queensland Shadow Attorney General, Ian Walker at the ACLC on ‘The Christian Parliamentary Representative – how much “Christian” and how much “Representative”?’ ... See MoreSee Less

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Commonwealth Shadow Minister for Immigration, Shayne Neumann at the ACLC on ‘Politics and faith: reconciliation, refugees and racial discrimination’ ... See MoreSee Less

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