Advocates International Continues to Promote Justice with Compassion Around the Globe

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Your Advocates International Monthly Update
The Good and Other News from or about Advocates around the World
Vol. 2, Issue 6                                                                                             October 2010

 
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Follow Along with Sam Casey on his Recent Trip to Uganda and the DRC

This past month we described for you how Advocates General Counsel Sam Casey visited Uganda and the DRC on the 2010 Peace in the Land trip. Now you can see portions of each stage of his trip from Uganda to the DRC on the Advocates International youtube page here

 
 
 

Short Stories of Advocates Continued Work from Malawi, Rwanda, and Australia

Rwanda

Lawyers of Hope, one of the Organizations in Advocates Africa, began a prison project in May . The organization has also begun recruiting for a three year program of child rights advocacy and legal aid, in partnership with World Vision.

Good News From Australia

Advocates' Oceania member, Rikki Lambert, writes in with this good report:
 
 

 

 

"We praise God with the news this morning that our allies in Western Australia have defeated voluntary euthanasia promoted by the progressive Greens party there.

 

 

This is a shot in the arm for our cause here fighting the latest euthanasia bill here, as the WA Bill is more moderate than the extreme offering here"
 
To read more about the history and goals of Advocates Oceania take a look at our newly updated

Advocates Oceania Page.  


Malawi
In March, Advocates Africa Lawyers from Malawi assisted a Rwandan Widow who was in Malawi. This Rwandan widow, whose husband had been murdered in Rwanda, was now living with her three children in a refugee camp. She's been targeted by the same men who killed her husband.

Advocates Africa
If you are in need of an advocate in Africa, please contact:

Misgana Kifle
Advocates Africa                  Head Office Coordinator
Haile G/Sellasie Bldg. 5th Floor, office number 506
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. +251-911-417820

 
Prayers & Praises
A global chronicle of our advocates prayers & praises 

AdvAI Prayer Logo (50%)ocates Calls for  Prayer Around the World  


Advocates Founder and President, Sam Ericsson, is asking advocates all over the world to share three prayer requests: (1) the names of one judge or justice; one lawyer or advocate; and one law student that

needs our prayers in 2010;  2) the greatest need facing believers in their country in 2010, perhaps a rule of law or religious freedom challenge; and 3) a personal need in your life, your family or your job. E-mail Sam and let him know how we can pray for you.

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Let Us Know Your Needs

Advocates' international prayer & praise correspondent,  Bulgarian human rights attorney Diana Daskolova  reminds all advocates to  e-mail AI Prayer Net  your Advocates International prayer requests for inclusion in the next

AI Prayer Calendar.

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The entire Advocates Africa team thanks you for your prayers.  For inclusion in the next Advocates Africa Prayer Calender.  Please send any items of prayer or praise to  Alison Diarra at alisondiarra@jemmali.org Thank you.

Advocates International Continues to Promote Justice with Compassion Across the Globe
 

This summer has been eventful for Advocates International. As summarized in our latest press release, we have been happy to share with you the continued work of our Law of Life project to enforce existing federal law prohibiting taxpayer funding of research in which living human embryos are "destroyed, discarded or exposed to risk of harm or injury."  In this Update we would like to let you know a little bit more about our work around the globe. From Mongolia to Australia, the work of our advocates has continued daily in pursuit of our calling of "doing justice with compassion" 
 

On another note Sam Ericsson's medical concerns are still ongoing. To write Sam 1 a note and receive updates please use his "CaringBridge" site here, which he checks daily.Of course, Sam 1 wants to continue encouraging all of our advocates around the world in the love and good works they are accomplishing.

 
Finally we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those of you who chose to support us in the month of September. We are excited to bring you stories of the work that is being done in the field thanks to your help.AI Logo (jpg)AI Logo (jpg)


Sam 1 & 2
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Advocates Asia: The Mongolian Rule of Law Promotes Religious Liberty One Church at a Time

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One of the ongoing projects of Advocates International is the Mongolian Rule of Law Institute. Most of the Rule of Law Institute's work has come in the form of helping Mongolian churches meet the rigid bureacratic registration requirements that are prerequiste to being acknowledged as a legal house of worship. This day to day work has been absolutely vital to the progress of a broad variety of ministries in Mongolia.
 
Local officials can be unaware of  what is legally required, and as is so often the case when there is a complicated set of requirements, there have been misunderstandings. It has been advocate Baasankhuu Oktyabri's pleasure as the head of the Mongolian Rule of Law institute to implement with his hard work and good example Advocates' "How can we help you?" method of problem solving with great results. Between April and June alone the Rule of Law Institute has helped ten churches with registration and property rights issues.
 
More importantly, Baasankhuu's work has been recognized as a source of justice in the area. When a criminal murder case that was stalled for two years because it involved a high profile suspects came before the court it was assigned to Baasankhuu by the Attorneys' Association on the request of the victim's father, who was looking for a just and dependable attorney.  Let us be grateful for the work of Baasankhuu and his beloved wife, Nomiko, who is also an advocate.
 

 
 

Advocates Teams Up with Other Religious Freedom Defenders who are "Building the Guardrails" against Oppression at the U.N.

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Advocates International in cooperation with Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), Jubilee Campaign (JC), Christian Legal Fellowship of Canada (CLF), and the World Evangelical Alliance's Religious Liberty Commission (WEA) is petitioning the UN against a draft proposal that would drastically chill the freedoms of speech and religion. The proposal in question would make the ill-defined notion of "incitement" a crime, codifying a vague, overbroad and easily abused exception to the otherwise protected freedoms of speech and religion. Such a measure would also provide international legal footing for so-called "anti-conversion" and "defamation of religion" laws, which are currently being oppressively used by some states to repress and persecute the voice of religious minorities

To read the joint document AI, ADF, CLF, JC, and WEA sent to the UN including more information on each of our partners in this effort: Click Here.

Let us know what you think of our statement and feel free to share with us any stories from your own country where the inalienable freedoms of speech or religion are being threatened or denied, particularly under cover of such"incitement", "anti-conversion" or "defamation of religion" laws.
 

 
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