Free the Two Michaels: We're heading to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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On December 10, 2018, police in Communist China kidnapped two Canadian citizens, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. It was retaliation for Canada's lawful arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of the Chinese tech company, Huawei. She’s wanted in the U.S. for fraud.

There’s no other way to say it: the two Michaels are hostages. China’s Communist dictators are acting like gang members or the mafia.

Next week will mark 600 days since their kidnapping, and they’re no closer to being released. They are being held in conditions that could be called a form of torture — for example, they're kept in rooms where the lights are never turned off.

What’s worse: Justin Trudeau has done precisely nothing about it.

So if Trudeau won’t do anything, and if the families of the two Michaels can’t do anything, is there anything we can do?

Incredibly, I think the answer is: yes.

It’s a small thing. But it’s more than nothing, which is what Trudeau’s done.

Heading to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

We’ve hired one of Canada’s top international lawyers to draft a formal complaint to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. There is a process, in international law, where anyone in the world can file a complaint against a country, and the commissioner asks that country for a formal reply.

The lawyer we’ve hired is a senior, well-respected expert in human rights law named Prof. David Matas. He has a special expertise in Chinese human rights abuses. And in one of the most important projects we’ve ever done at Rebel News, Prof. Matas has agreed to take the case on behalf of the two Michaels.

Please watch this video of my discussion with Prof. Matas, where we talk about his expertise, the kind of complaint we’ll be filing, and the likely result of it.

Help Us Take This Case To International Court

We have agreed to pay Prof. Matas’s fee, and when travel restrictions lift, we will also pay for travel to Geneva, where the UN human rights office is located. Our purpose would be to grill China’s diplomats and others at the UN — again, something that Trudeau just won’t do.

If you believe in this project, and think it’s something we have to do, please help us out. We have a budget of $15,000 for this project, between legal fees and travel to the UN. But I truly believe it could yield millions of dollars in publicity for the two Michaels— publicity that will hopefully shame the Chinese into complying with international norms, and releasing the hostages.

If you agree, please click here, or go to

I’ll keep you posted on this project in the weeks ahead — including sending you the complaint itself; telling you what the UN does; and what China’s reply is; and I’ll let you know when we’re off to Geneva to accost the Chinese diplomats.

Thanks for your help.

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