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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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Happy Easter everyone! To coincide with Easter we are very pleased to announce the launch of our Rwandan Women’s Inheritance Rights Education Project! This project will educate Rwandan’s regarding women’s inheritance rights and newly legislated protections against unjust land grabbing practices.

Prior to amendments to Rwandan law in 2003, women were not entitled to receive land ownership by will. Despite these amendments, community awareness of these reforms remains low. As a result many widows and their children are left homeless and destitute in Rwanda and other countries in Africa.

Landgrabbing can occur when the man of the house dies. Just when his wife and children are grieving, his relatives force them from their home, sometimes with violence, and claim the house, the land, crops, livestock, everything of value.

Previous regional educational campaigns in Rwanda have seen a substantial increase in the reporting of ‘land-grabbing’ followed by a significant decrease in the practice due to the prosecutions that ensued.

This project educates local community leaders to provide community workshops on the new law. It develops and distributes educational material translated into local dialects to raise awareness. It also trains local community leaders to assist impoverished persons in the drafting of a will in order to mitigate the possibility of family disputes.

The commencement of the project has been funded by the generous donations of CLEAR's Australian supporters. You can find out how you can be involved and support the continuing roll out of the project in additional Rwandan districts at
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Adelaide Lawyers Christian Fellowship is getting together for lunch with special guest Martyn Isles from the Human Rights Legal Alliance.

Here are the details:
When: Wednesday 5th April 2017
Where: Wyatt Trust - 100 Pirie Street (SACAT Building), Level 5 - in the boardroom
Time: 1pm for a 1:10pm start
What to bring: Your own lunch
Who to bring: lawyers and law students
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ACT Christian lawyers are having a get together over dinner to commemorate Easter events at 6.30pm on 31 March 2017 Yumma Yalla Lebanese at Colbee Court Phillp. It is on the South East side of Colbee Court. All are welcome including spouses. ... See MoreSee Less

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