In the case of Human Rights violations, the AADH provides useful legal information to structure and ensure the victim’s defense. Actual legal representation before the courts is typically handled by the organisation.
Trafficking of humans in Southeast Asia Mémoires des cabinets Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer L.L.P et Cleary Gottliebs Steen & Hamilton L.L.P, 10 JUIN 2009
Background One of the AADH’s partners raises the issue of human trafficking in Asia. Families fleeing their countries are enslaved abroad and assigned tasks according to morphological and physical criteria (e.g. prostitution, factory work, work on fishing boats…).
Action The AADH partner sends an email to the AADH requesting the drafting of a memorandum addressing the following subject: Is there a provision in the French or European legal system which could prohibit the importation or marketing in France of a product that is manufactured in violation of fundamental human rights? The AADH forwards the request to its member law firms. Two of them analyse the various conventions on economic regulations that are likely to apply in this case. The outcome of the investigation is summarised as a memorandum recommending that a criminal procedure be initiated in France.
Result Marketing or possessing fishery products in France could, in French criminal courts, be deemed money laundering or possession of stolen goods.