World-renowned Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate Geoffrey Robertson QC, Assists Artist Ms. Zhang Cuiying to File Charges Against Jiang Zemin (Photos)
While Falun Gong practitioners around the globe are preparing to bring charges against Jiang Zemin and his "610 Office," Australian artist Ms. Cuiying Zhang also wished to bring an individual action against Jiang Zemin. World-renowned lawyer and human rights campaigner Geoffrey Robertson has agreed to assist her with the prosecution.
According to New Tang Dynasty Television and the Gold Coast Bulletin, a Chinese woman who lives on the Gold Coast is the focus of a Falun Gong related human rights lawsuit. This suit has been scheduled for a hearing at the United Nations. This woman is the 40-year-old Ms. Cuiying Zhang. She will describe to the UN how Jiang's regime tortured her.
World-renowned lawyer and human rights campaigner Geoffrey Robertson QC will work together with famous Australian human rights lawyers Chris Nyst and Jason Murakami, and help Cuiying Zhang file a lawsuit at the UN against Jiang Zemin, the former leader of China.
On March 5, 2000, while on her way to the People's Congress in Beijing to make an appeal for Falun Gong, Ms. Zhang was stopped by the police, who then searched her bag. They found a letter she wrote to the then Chinese Premier. So they arrested her on the spot. She spent eight months in a Chinese prison where she was subjected to inhumane treatment, including physical torture, humiliation, and even being thrown into a male criminals' cell.
Ms. Zhang's plight has received widespread attention from major media around the world. After she was released, she traveled the world to hold art exhibitions for the purpose of exposing the persecution of Falun Gong in China. So far she has held exhibitions in over 40 cities around the globe.
The assistance from Geoffrey Robertson QC will have significant influence upon the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin worldwide. At present, Falun Gong practitioners in Canada and England are considering suing Jiang Zemin. Other high-ranking Chinese officials who have participated in the persecution of Falun Gong, such as vice director of Hubei Provincial Public Security Bureau Zhao Zhifei, and former Beijing Mayor Liu Qi, and Lt. Governor of Liaoning Province, Xiao Deren, have already been convicted in US courts.
Below is some information about Geoffrey Robertson QC.
Geoffrey Robertson QC has appeared in many landmark cases involving public, media and criminal law, both at trial and on appeal, and has argued human rights causes in Commonwealth courts, the Privy Council and the European Court in Strasbourg. He led for the Defence in the Matrix Churchill trial and for The Guardian in the Hamilton/ Greer libel action.
Mr. Robertson is currently the president of the United Nations Special Court in Sierra Leone. This court serves the same purpose as The Hague Court in Holland where former Yugoslavian president Milosevic was tried. The purpose is to bring to justice criminals, especially heads of state who have committed crimes against humanity. Geoffrey Robertson QC also participated in the court work of trying Milosevic. He has conducted a number of missions on behalf of Amnesty International to South Africa and Vietnam, and he led the 1992 Bar Council and Law Society Human Rights mission to Malawi.
Some of the many books he has written include "Crimes Against Humanity "(1999), "Reluctant Judas" (1976) and "Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals" (1998). His recent memoir, "The Justice Game" has won wide acclaim. He is also the author of three legal textbooks, "Freedom, the Individual and the Law" (1993), "Obscenity" (1979) and (with Andrew Nicol) "Media Law" (1992).
Geoffrey Robertson QC was the recipient of a 1993 Freedom of Information Award. Born in 1946, he became Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1988.