Why Feng Zhiming’s Arrest Is Not Enough to Prevent Injustice

The Fourth Plenum put the spotlight on lifetime accountability for wrongful convictions, and Huugjilt, executed at 18 for a crime he did not commit, has become the face of the issue. Feng Zhiming, the police official who led the investigation against Huugjilt in 1996, was recently arrested on suspicion of torture and corruption. The arrest is a long-awaited step towards justice, but will it affect systemic change or pave the way for a transparent system of accountability?

PHOTO Former lead investigator of Huugjilt case is now under investigation, credit: CCTV

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Dui Hua Digest

In November, Executive Director John Kamm wrapped up on a month-long trip to China and Europe. In this issue of Digest we discuss meetings in Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland. Prisoner news includes early releases in Henan and Gansu and the influence of communist propaganda in sentence reduction. Dui Hua history reviews the awarding of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights to John Kamm in 2001.

PHOTO Plaza of Nations. Credit: UN Geneva

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Riding the Rails: Political Investigations by China’s Railway Police

While its focus has shifted over the past few decades in response to new challenges to the communist party’s grip on power, political investigation by railway police has continued to be an important part of stability maintenance. From its origins in fighting overseas forces, political work along the rails has come to tackle the homegrown protests and dissent of rights-conscious Chinese citizens.

PHOTO Huang Haibo. Credit: scmp.com

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Converting Cult Work: From 610 to Social Service

For more than 15 years, China has carried out a wide-ranging campaign against “cults” that has been coordinated via “610” offices. A recent feature in Southern Weekly provides a rare glimpse into these offices, and the often-controversial measures they employ, with an interview with the head of a Nanjing 610 office who is working to make “conversion” more effective and less coercive. 

PHOTO Community facility in Nanjing where volunteers convert “cult members.” Credit: An Shu

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Deciding Death: How Chinese Judges Review Capital Punishment Cases

In the eastern part of Beijing, not far from the city’s main railway station, sits an unmarked, multi-storey office building whose importance can only be discerned by the presence of armed police guards. This is where the fates of China’s death-row defendants are ultimately determined. Summarizing a recent feature in Southern Weekly, we describe how these life-and-death decisions are made.

PHOTO SPC reviews death penalty cases in a separate unmarked building. Credit: internet image.

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