December 03, 2020 International Litigation & Dispute Resolution

When Propaganda and Torture Prevail Over Spiritual Practice and Religion

In a dispute between the Chinese Anti-Cult Association and the Falun Gong spiritual and religious group, the Second Circuit held that the followers of the group were not entitled to relief.

By Emmanuel Bonilla

In a dispute that spans over almost two decades through two amended complaints, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the followers of the Falun Gong spiritual and religious group were not entitled to relief based on the allegations in their motion to file a third amended complaint. Gang v. Zhizen, 799 Fed. Appx. 16, 19 (2d Cir. 2020). The plaintiffs-appellant, Chen Gang and Zou Wenbo (hereafter plaintiffs) filed their initial complaint in 2004, which was based on the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and Torture Victim Protection ACT (TVPA). 

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