lobbying

Lobbying

Lobbying is one of the most important aspect of advocacy implemented by ACJ.  Even if the country is a signatory to international instruments (such as the UNCRC), which guarantee human rights and best practices in the administration of child justice, the country has yet to implement the elements into domestic laws and standard operating procedures.  This has created a dual standard where only the domestic laws are enforceable.  The lobbying project is conducted by the legal aid staff.  The current focus is on implementing the elements from the UNCRC and African Charter into the domestic laws and constitution.  While most of the lobbying is done through the Zambia Law Development Agency, direct contact with members of parliament and other government officers are conducted to ensure that support and pressure is maintained by higher level officials.  Discussions on the way forward are also an important part of advocating for changes, so we are working closely with government employees dealing with policy development and implementation.