Current Cases

 

Gang Chen et al. v. Zhao Zhizhen

Case Summary

A case of first impression was filed by HRLF in 2004 against a propagandist for furthering persecution through his propaganda polemic. Filed under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA), the case was based largely on the ICTR’s landmark decision in Prosecutor v. Nahimana et al., Case No. ICTR-99-52-A, Judgment on Appeal (Nov. 28, 2007), holding journalists liable for inciting persecution against the Hutu population in Rwanda and the Nuremberg Tribunal’s case against Julius Streicher. While Plaintiffs did not literally prevail, the case opens the door for others to hold propagandists like Ferdinand Nahimana and Joseph Goebbels accountable. Weaponized words are as much a part of persecutory arsenals as their counterparts, torture and violence.

Documents

Oral Argument, Excerpt No. 1: Judge Chatigny Questions Defendant’s Counsel

Oral Argument, Excerpt No. 2: Executive Director Terri Marsh Argues on Behalf of the Plaintiffs

zhao oral argument transcript-1Full Oral Argument Transcript

SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT

PLAINTIFFS’ OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS PLAINTIFFS’ SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT

DECLARATION AND EXHIBITS

Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend

Proposed Third Amended Complaint

Defendant’s Opposition Brief to Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend

Plaintiff’s Reply to Defendant’s Opposition Brief

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