Posted by The Australian Financial Review on September 15, 2018 08:37:08Harvard Law School professor Noahide Newton was just a young student in 2010 when he filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government claiming that his university had not properly investigated the 2009 attack on the Uyghur minority in China.
The case, which Newton had to go through before he was awarded a $100 million settlement, is being celebrated as a landmark in international law.
The U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of speech has described the case as an important milestone in the fight for human rights and civil liberties in China and the world.
Newton’s case, however, had a darker side.
In a landmark decision in 2013, the U,S.
Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision that had awarded $2.3 billion to the Uighur community of Xinjiang.
The court also overturned a verdict that had given $500 million to the families of the victims of a Chinese helicopter crash in 2013 that left at least 11 people dead.
The $2 billion verdict was awarded to the relatives of the Uxhong victims, who had been forced to leave their homes in Xinjiang and moved to Australia.
The decision was criticized as unfair, but it was overturned on appeal.
A year later, the case came to the attention of the Obama administration.
President Barack Obama’s administration was concerned about the impact the Urengar case would have on U.A.E. relations with China.
In its 2013 ruling, the Supreme Court said that the Urawa district court, where the Urinagars had been held since 2009, had made a mistake by not considering the possibility that Uyggurs in China might be victims of torture, a term that would be more accurately described as forced recruitment.
The Supreme Court in 2014 said that if Uregari had been convicted of the charges, the Obama Administration could have taken the matter to the International Criminal Court.
The ruling is now being used by the Obama White House as a justification for the Obama-era policy of giving immunity to the perpetrators of atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and in the aftermath of the coup that ousted President Joko Widodo, who was Muslim.
Newman was also awarded $5.3 million in a separate case, in which a group of lawyers who had taken part in the Uruzgan case had won a $50 million settlement against the Malaysian government.
Newmans lawyer, Mark Linskey, said the $5 million was the most recent compensation awarded to a Uyger in Australia.
In the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the $2 million settlement in the Newton case, Linskys lawyers filed a motion to take the case to the United Nations, arguing that the $100 billion award in the case should be reversed.
They argued that it had been wrongly made to the victims in the United Kingdom.
Linskey said the Trump White House was “not happy” with the decision to give $50 billion to a Malaysian government that was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people in the country’s worst refugee crisis since the war in East Timor.