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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we share thoughts on how US-China relations are faring in the early days of the Trump Administration and question whether human rights in China will be a priority for the administration. In prisoner updates, we bring news of the sentence reduction for a former anti-government militia member. In Roots, we look back to the case of Xu Wenli, a veteran activist of the Democracy Wall Movement.

PHOTO Trump and Xi. Image Credit: CNN News

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Leping 5.24 Murder Case: Wrongfully Convicted Seek Justice From Those Responsible

On January 16, a group of lawyers filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors in Jiangxi Province against law-enforcement and judicial personnel responsible for one of China’s most infamous cases of wrongful conviction. There is yet no word on whether prosecutors will act on the complaint.

PHOTO: Protesters outside Jiangxi High Court. Source: China Digital Times

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Juvenile Justice Trends in US Could Provide Lessons for China’s Courts

In China, we are seeing developments that mirror the turn the US took in the 1980s and 1990s against a rehabilitative and developmental approach to juvenile justice, likely also driven by an upsurge in media reportage of violent cases among the very young.The more recent attempt in the US to reverse decades of excessive juvenile punishment could prove instructive for Chinese legal officials contemplating various reform “models” for their country’s juvenile justice tribunals.

PHOTO: Juvenile-In-Justice Project

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Dui Hua Digest Special Edition

In this issue of Digest, we launch the first in a new series of articles recounting Executive Director Kamm’s most notable advocacy stories since Dui Hua’s foundation in 1999. This piece looks at the journey of how one of the longest serving Tibetan political prisoners, Jigme Sangpo, gained early release in 2002.

PHOTO Jigme Sangpo and John Kamm. Tibet, 2002.

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Bullying Ignites Calls to Lower Age of Criminal Responsibility in China

In recent months, we have seen a rise in media coverage of violent bullying among children in Chinese schools. The growing sense of public panic about the inadequacy of existing laws and institutions to handle the problem has sparked debate between lawyers over the efficacy of lowering the age of criminal responsibility as a solution to the rise in crime.

PHOTO Juvenile Prison Library. Image Credit: Xinhua Sichuan News.

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Dui Hua is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that brings clemency and better treatment to at-risk detainees through promotion of universally recognized human rights in well-informed, mutually respectful dialogue with China.

We focus on four areas, with an aim to help at-risk detainees—political and religious prisoners, juvenile justice, women in prison, and selected issues in criminal justice. And we take a five-pronged approach, premised upon our belief that positive change is realized through constructive dialogue—advocacy, expert exchange, research, publications, and community engagement.

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