An interfaith group of religious leaders and human rights activists asked one of America’s top international law firms Wednesday to stop representing foreign governments known for their repeated human rights abuses.
In a joint letter sent to the chairman of Squire Patton Boggs, 44 leaders and activists from various faiths and political backgrounds voiced their concerns about the Cleveland, Ohio-headquartered organization’s representation of foreign governments that are “among the world’s most aggressive persecutors of people of faith.”
“It is deeply troubling to us that your prestigious firm and the many good people it employs are currently associated with and providing legal counsel, representation and other services to such nations,” the letter reads.
SPB has 47 offices in 20 countries and has clients that range from local and national governments to large corporations and emerging businesses. Wednesday’s letter specifically calls out SPB’s relationship with the governments of China, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
“Surely, Squire Patton Boggs’ attorneys and advisors — including former House Speaker John Boehner and other prominent, retired American lawmakers — and your firm’s other clients, have no desire to be associated with, let alone involved in defending or otherwise being implicated in, these governments’ odious practice,” the letter contends.
The letter is spearheaded by the grassroots organization Save the Persecuted Christians and its president, Frank Gaffney, a conservative security analyst and a former acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.
“Save the Persecuted Christians is pleased to join with others determined to hold accountable those who persecute people of faith — including lobbyists who, as a practical matter, work to enable the persecutors to do so with impunity,” Gaffney said in a statement. “This is an important initiative in STPC’s effort to build a grassroots movement that will help create real costs to the perpetrators for their crimes against humanity.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith