An Endangered Species

The harassment and detention of human rights lawyers in China continues at an alarming rate. Most notable in recent months has been the arbitrary detentions of Chen Jiangang and that of his former client Xie Yang, who is himself a rights lawyer. Xie was accused of ‘subverting state power’, and claimed to have been detained […]


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North Korea in Africa: Rogue traders

    North Korea’s diplomats in Africa have been trading endangered animals for the past 30 years, a report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime has revealed. Embassy staff based in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa have been repeatedly abusing the immunity of the ‘diplomatic bag’, as set out in the 1961 Vienna […]

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China: Will environmental public interest litigation begin to take root?

At first glance, there does not appear to be anything remarkable about Qingyun County in Shandong Province on the east coast of China. Nor, in fact, does there appear to be anything particularly remarkable at second glance; but look a little harder, and you’ll find that this seemingly nondescript county – famous for seedless red […]

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