China Executed 2,400 People in 2013, Dui Hua

Dui Hua estimates that China executed approximately 2,400 people in 2013 and will execute roughly the same number of people in 2014, based on data points published in Southern Weekly and information provided to Dui Hua by a judicial official earlier this year. In 2013, 39 percent of all death penalty cases reviewed by the Supreme People’s Court were sent back to provincial courts for more evidence and fewer than 10 percent of verdicts were overturned.

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Dui Hua Digest

In September we celebrated 15 years of Dui Hua with receptions in San Francisco and Washington DC. In this issue we recap these events and look back at what are soon to be four exchanges in the field of juvenile justice. For prisoner cases, we discuss cult crimes and their perhaps tenuous application to dissidents, allies, and online hobbyists.

PHOTO Justice Kennedy met with China Juvenile Justice Delegation in 2008. Credit: MFA

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Torture in Harbin Drug Cases Met with Little Punishment

A recent court case in the northeastern city of Harbin is shining new light on some of the extremes to which police investigators and their hired informants can go to get criminal suspects to confess in China. Handing down lenient and even suspended sentences despite the death in custody of at least one suspect, the trial also raises new questions about whether China’s criminal justice system punishes the perpetrators of torture severely enough to act as a deterrent.

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Surge in Foreign Prisoners in Beijing

Official statistics uncovered by Dui Hua show that the number of foreign citizens imprisoned in Beijing nearly quintupled between 2006 and 2010. The biggest increases came from Nigeria and Pakistan, indicating that drug trafficking may be a main driver of growth. Women accounted for a hefty 21 percent of foreign prisoners. Beijing statistics may represent a national upswing in the number of foreign nationals imprisoned in China.

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue we offer a briefing from Hong Kong. Tensions are high in the Special Administrative Region amid debate over the future of universal suffrage and looming threats of civil disobedience. We also discuss clemency for prisoners in Guangdong and the existence of scores of prisoners believed to be incarcerated nationwide for the long defunct crimes of counterrevolution and hooliganism. This month in Dui Hua history, we recall the prison visit and information exchange that gave birth to the US-China Legal Experts Dialogue.

PHOTO Hong Kong protesters burning copy of white paper. Credit: SCMP

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