In the United States, HRLF has won several favorable judgments as lead counsel and/or in collaboration with others. HRLF’s current docket in the United States also includes several pending cases. HRLF brings civil lawsuits under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and the Torture Victim’s Protection Act (TVPA) against human rights violators.
Peng Liang v. Zhao Zhifei
In July 2001, HRLF filed a complaint against the Director of Public Security and Communist Party Chief of Police Zhao Zhifei, who is also the Chief of Police in Hebei Province and the Director of the Security Division of the Chinese Communist Party, for his role in the torture and persecution of Falun Gong religious believers in the province of Hebei. The case was filed with the Southern District Court of New York. The Judge in the case entered a default judgment against Zhao Zhifei in November of 2001. HRLF filed the case with Attorney Carey D’Avino.
Doe. v. Liu Qi
In 2002, HRLF, along with the Center for Justice and Accountability, filed a complaint against Liu Qi, the former Mayor of Beijing, for his role in the torture and persecution of Falun Gong believers in Beijing, China. Both the Chinese government and U.S. State Department submitted statements urging that the case be dismissed. The Judge in the case rejected the Governments’ arguments and entered a default judgment against Liu Qi. The Judge declared that Liu Qi had violated the rights of Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II “to be free from torture and arbitrary detention” and the right of Petit to be “free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”
Does v. Jiang Zemin
HRLF filed a complaint against Jiang Zemin, the former President of China and Secretary of the Communist Party, in the United States District Court of Northern Illinois in October 2002. In 2004, the district court dismissed based on the defendant’s status as head of state when he was served with process. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which acknowledged that the defendant had played a major role in the persecution of the plaintiffs, upheld the dismissal. Plaintiffs filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court. In April of 2005, certiorari was denied.
The U.S. case against Jiang Zemin led to HRLF’s filing of criminal cases against Jiang Zemin in Spain and Hong Kong and its assistance in similar cases North American, Central American, Europe, and Asia.
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