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Our main contacts in Burkina Faso are Paul Dipama and Dieudonne. They have been instrumental in speaking to Lawyers, Judges and law students about organising a Fellowship in the capital city, however, the major challenge as expressed by some lawyers here is the division between churches; which impacts negatively on having a non-denominational Christian lawyers fellowship.
Christian lawyers from Burkina Faso have participated in several regional and global convocations since 2000. After recent visits by the AI Liaison and Alison Diarra (Advocates Africa’s West Africa coordinator) there is renewed commitment to remobilize the fellowship. Students meet regularly for prayers and fellowship.
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It shares borders with six countries – Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Niger. Located partly in the Sahel belt, most of the country is arid. Originally known as Upper Volta until its name change in 1983, was a French colony, part of French West Africa. It gained its independence from France in August 1960.
There are many reported Human rights concerns in the country notwithstanding the presence of a National Human Rights Commission which was set up in 2001. Our contacts are working very hard to organize to help the poor and the oppressed in the country.
Advocate Paul Dipama reports that on February 21 they relaunched the
Christian Lawyers Association of Burkina Faso at a "Legal Café" meeting under the theme,
"How to energize our legal potential for the benefit of the Christian community."