Stymieing Humanity – On the Prosecution of Aid to Migrants

Six United Nations Special Rapporteurs released a statement last week, urging the dropping of charges against an American aid worker for aiding migrants in the Arizona desert. A day later, I read an op-ed on the increased criminalization of humanitarian aid in the European context. While this issue seems to be the subject of increased scrutiny lately, there have been multiple prosecutions in the U.S. and Europe over the past few years.  A recent study by openDemocracy has Read More …

Before the High Court of Australia: The Case of Aung San Suu Kyi

[Rawan Arraf is an Australian lawyer and founder and director of the Australian Centre for International Justice. This post represents the personal view of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Centre for International Justice. ACIJ is not associated with the litigation mentioned in this post but volunteered to provide research assistance to the plaintiff’s legal team limited to a specific legal issue.] In March 2018, the Attorney-General of Australia Read More …

Hundreds of Thousands Protest Extradition Law in Hong Kong

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday in opposition to a planned law that would allow for extradition to China, among other places. The march was one of the largest in Hong Kong’s history and was an unprecedented display of public opposition to Beijing’s encroaching power in the territory. Jennifer Creery reports for Hong Kang Free Press: Jimmy Sham, a spokesperson for organisers, said around 1.03 million people attended Read More …

Events and Announcements: June 8, 2019

08 Jun Events and Announcements: June 8, 2019 08.06.19 | Call for Papers The Senior Legal Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-terrorism and Human Rights is pleased to announce a call for inputs published by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. The Special Rapporteur is studying the impact of the proliferation of “soft law” instruments and related standard-setting initiatives and processes in the counter-terrorism context on Read More …

Translation: “Huawei’s Story is China’s Story”

CDT has translated an essay by U.S.-based Jay Chen that was briefly circulating in China before being censored. The essay looks at telecom giant Huawei’s situation amid the trade war between Beijing and Washington, highlighting the fact that, despite assurances offered by founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, Huawei and the CCP are effectively one and the same, and speculating on possible outcomes of the ongoing trade dispute. By cutting off Huawei’s limbs, the United States Read More …