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