CLA since its inception in 2004 is committed towards advocating for the rights of the oppressed and vulnerable communities.

In the past after the aftermath of the Kandhamal communal violence in Odisha, CLA organized meeting with parliamentarians, held conferences and workshops, conducted training for Christian workers, supported a legal team in Kandhamal, and provided legal assistance to Christian organizations and workers across India.

CLA members were also involved in providing support to the Christian Fellowship of Nepal in drafting of their recommendations on the interim Constitution. In the matter of Evangelical Fellowship of India V/s. State of Himachal Pradesh. The lawyers of CLA met with success in their challenge to constitutionality of Himachal Pradesh freedom of Religion Act, 2006 and Rules framed there under. The Hon’ble High Court of Himachal Pradesh vide order dated 30th August 2012, struck down Section 4 of Himachal Pradesh freedom of Religion Act, 2006 and Rule 3 of the Himachal Pradesh freedom of Religion Act, 2007 as being violation of Article 14 and ultra vires of the constitution of India. Rule 5 was partly held to be ultra vires.

CLA has successfully filed a petition challenging the governments decision of listing Good Friday and Easter Sunday as an official working days. Over the years CLA has successfully represented and stood for the persecuted church and also in solidarity with the likeminded organizations in its fight against justice for minority across India and conducted training programs on the Constitutional rights, I.P.C and Cr.P.C. A detailed CLA report for the year is available online at the CLA website.

CLA also organized national conferences for its members throughout India in places like, Gopalpur at Sea Odisha, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Deharadun and international conference Advocates Asia 2007 in Delhi. It would be once again organizing Advocates Asia-New Delhi in October 2015, Christian Lawyers from the world are expected to participate.

Future Plans

CLA plans to conduct training programs and conferences for lawyers and law students in different parts of the country. We will also continue to provide support to the victims of communal violence across the country. CLA also plans to retain regional coordinators for Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu to extend CLA’s work in the regions. CLA will make special efforts to interact with law students by providing internships and support the legal studies of deserving students. CLA will also continue to monitor incidents of communal violence and make necessary interventions to protect and promote the freedom of conscience and religion. However, none of this will be possible without the support of CLA members.

CLA needs you to volunteer your time and resources to fulfill the great task set before us.

Supporting CLA

CLA needs approximately INR 5,00,000/- per month to undertake all the activities mentioned above and to provide support: one project director, legal director, ten lawyers, one program officer, six activists, twenty volunteers, four regional coordinators and one accountant and associated office costs. If just 2500 people commit to giving Rs. 200 per month, all the 2015 financial needs of CLA would be met.

Please consider supporting CLA. Download the ECS form which direct your bank to deduct a designated amount from your account at the beginning of each month.

Thank you again for your involvement with CLA and we look forward to partnering with you as we do justice, love mercy and walk humbly before our God.