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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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China Tightens Clemency Rules for Political Prisoners

On November 14th the Supreme People’s Court published China’s most recent interpretation of the Criminal Law’s articles on sentence reduction and parole. The regulations tighten rules for sentence reductions and parole to prisoners serving time for endangering state security and serious crimes including corruption.

PHOTO Supreme People’s Court of China. Photo Credit: ChinaNews.Com

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we take a look at Executive Director Kamm’s trip to Europe. We share updates from his meetings with senior officers of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and exchanges with diplomats, including the ambassadors of China and the US. We also announce news of the sentence reduction for a Legal Daily journalist and in Roots we recount an early victory for US-China human rights dialogue in securing the release of a Hong Kong journalist.

PHOTO The Palais Wilson, headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo Credit:

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Is Life Without Parole Sentence a Signal of China’s Will to Reduce Executions?

Former high-ranking officials Bai Enpei and Wei Pengyuan have become the first individuals in China sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of a sentence reduction or parole. The sentences were made possible by amendments to the Criminal Law, which authorizes judges to issue LWOP along with suspended death sentences in extremely serious corruption cases.

PHOTO Wei Pengyuan sentenced to LWOP at Baoding City Intermediate Court. Photo Credit: Caixin.

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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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