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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we discuss a Global Times report on clemency for China’s last known June 4 prisoner, sentence reductions in Guangdong, and state security cases related to nuclear power. Looking back, we continue the story of the executive director’s trip to Meizhou Prison.

PHOTO Hong Kong residents hold a candlelight vigil in memory of those who died during the democracy protests of June 4, 1989. Photo Credit:

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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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Last Known Tiananmen Prisoner to be Released in October

Dui Hua has learned that Miao Deshun (苗德顺), the last known prisoner still serving a sentence for offenses committed during the June 1989 distrubances in Beijing, has been granted an 11-month sentence reduction. He is now due to be released from Beijing’s Yanqing Prison on October 15, 2016.

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China’s Average “Death Row” Prisoner Waits 2 Months for Execution

How long do Chinese “death row” prisoners wait between the time their sentences are approved by the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and execution? Dui Hua recently analyzed roughly 500 SPC review decisions in an attempt to answer this surprisingly complex question.

PHOTO A court official reads a decision confirming sentence to a death row inmate.

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China State Security Trials Fell 50 Percent in 2015, Official Data Suggest

Chinese courts heard 50 percent fewer endangering state security (ESS) trials in 2015, according to Dui Hua’s analysis of data released in the annual work report of China’s Supreme People’s Court. Dui Hua believes the decline represents an increase in the use of non-ESS charges to prosecute political activism.

PHOTO Pu Zhiqiang (pictured) was arrested for “inciting splittism”, but convicted of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.

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Featured Video: China’s Human Rights Diplomacy

Developments in China’s human rights diplomacy since June 4, 1989.

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