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 […]Read more "An Endangered Species"
A fisherman in Hebei province in central China has had his environmental litigation claim against two steel companies and the local authorities that allegedly allowed them to pollute accepted by a high court in Hebei, reports Caixin Global. Feng Jun claims that the steel plants set up on the banks of the Baoqiu River in […]Read more "Hebei Environmental Litigation Test Case"
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 […]Read more "North Korea in Africa: Rogue traders"
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 […]Read more "China: Will environmental public interest litigation begin to take root?"
(Translated from the Chinese) According to Dr. Li Juan of Beijing University, the upper reaches of the Langcang River are home to the greatest continuous habitat of the snow leopard in all of China. This area covers parts of both Qinghai and Tibet, and the crisscrossing mountains and marshy grasslands provide the best environment to […]Read more "The Snow Leopards of Zhaxilawu Temple"