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China Scores Low Marks on Human Rights in 14 Democracies

According to a June report from the Pew Research Center, more than 60 percent of respondents in 14 democratic countries across North America, Europe, and Asia believe that the Chinese government does not respect the personal freedoms of its people.

PHOTO A recent Pew survey finds that China’s favorability rating among Americans is at its lowest level since Pew began polling attitudes towards China in 2005.

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we review Dui Hua’s visits to Washington, DC, and New York City in mid-June for discussions with Chinese and American officials on a range of issues dominating US-China relations, including human rights. This month’s Roots section recounts Strike Hard policies in the early 80’s and their impact on Hong Kong prisoners and Executive Director Kamm’s human rights work.

PHOTO Dui Hua Executive Director John Kamm traveled to Washington, DC, in June to meet with key contacts in the State Department, the CECC, and the White House.

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Could China’s New Oversight Rules Have Avoided Arbitrary Detention of American Citizen?

In this HRJ, Dui Hua publishes an English translation of Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) regulations on “designated-location residential surveillance,” a form of incommunicado detention.

PHOTO The United Nations Palais des Nations. On June 29, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention recommended the release of Phan (Sandy) Phan-Gillis, an American citizen accused of state secrets crimes.

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UN Experts Rule Detention of American Citizen Arbitrary, Violates International Law

For the first time in its 25-year history, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has ruled that an American citizen, Phan (“Sandy”) Phan-Gillis, has been arbitrarily deprived of her liberty by the Chinese government, in violation of international human rights law and the relevant provisions of China’s criminal procedure law.

PHOTO Phan (“Sandy”) Phan-Gillis. Credit: The Houston Chronicle

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Can Recognizing Poverty Reduce Executions in China?

Could focusing on poverty reduce the number of people China executes? Dui Hua research indicates that China’s Supreme People’s Court reverses only about two percent of death penalty decisions and that poverty is an underutilized mitigating factor for reversal.


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What We Do

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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