Help us free the two Michaels!
UPDATE: Our lawyer just filed an official human rights complaint against China at the United Nations!
July 30, 2020
Almost 600 days ago, the Chinese dictatorship kidnapped Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, and has held them hostage ever since.
That’s what gangsters do, not legitimate countries. But you wouldn’t know it from Justin Trudeau’s reaction. Far from condemning China or expelling their diplomats, Trudeau has actually ramped up foreign aid to China, including giving them our national stockpile of pandemic PPE. He even praised them for their handling of the pandemic — which was an even larger international health crisis than Chernobyl.
Someone has to do something.
So we retained a senior human rights lawyer, with a deep knowledge of Communist China’s brutal tactics, to file an official complaint to the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights in Geneva.
And he did!
I know that this legal complaint will not, in itself, free the two Michaels. But according to our lawyer, Prof. David Matas, letters like this often force a country to write a response — any response — and that can be very helpful. To smoke them out; to make them admit certain things; to cause the Chinese Communist Party to lose face.
We’ll see what happens. But I know this: it’s more than Justin Trudeau has done.
I promise I’ll keep you posted.
Help us stand up and hold China to account on a global scale!
Almost 600 days ago, the Chinese dictatorship kidnapped two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.
Justin Trudeau hasn’t done anything about it.
In fact, he continues to send foreign aid to China, even sending our entire national stockpile of face masks and other equipment to China, for free, in the middle of the pandemic.
The two Michaels weren’t captured in a legal arrest; they were held for a year and a half without being charged with any crime; they are being held in a room where the lights are never turned off. That’s a form of torture. They are being denied visits from Canadian diplomats.
China has been crystal clear about what they are doing: They are taking hostages.
They’re not even trying to hide it — Chinese dictators repeatedly admit that these two Canadians were seized as a bargaining chip, to force the release of an accused Chinese criminal in Canada. Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of the huge Chinese technology company called Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver and is being extradited to the U.S. on charges of fraud.
But the Chinese dictators want her sprung out of jail before the trial is even over. It’s a tit for tat, say the Chinese. It's an admission that the two Michaels didn’t do anything wrong — they’re just hostages.
And Trudeau completely compliant and submissive and is even giving more foreign aid to China!
So we came up with an idea.
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.
We’re not in government. We’re just citizens who wish something could be done.
The plan is simple and small — but I think it’s better than Trudeau’s approach of doing nothing.
We are going to draft a formal complaint about how the two Michaels are being mistreated by China. Then file it with the “special rapporteurs” at the UN’s human rights council.
We’re paying Professor Matas’ fee for the legal work. We’ll file the complaint when it’s ready — which should be soon. And when the time is right, we’ll go to Geneva to make a bit of a fuss about it, too.
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.
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