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Ethnic Nationalism Along the China-Burma Border

China watchers are well aware of ethnic unrest involving Tibetans and Uyghurs, but little is known about independence movements among other ethnic groups. Public security records uncovered by Dui Hua expand our understanding of this topic to the Wa and Lahu people in Yunnan Province.

PHOTO A section of the Chinese text on the so-called “splittism activities” of the minority Wa people.

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we discuss the Swiss portion of the executive director’s recent trip to Europe, where he met with UN bodies and the Swiss government. Prisoner research and advocacy resulted in new information on a religious prisoner and a political organizer. Looking back, we review the case of Hong Kong businessman Chong Kwee-sung and its implications for organ harvesting and prison-made goods.

PHOTO The Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, the location of the OHCHR.

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Guangdong High Court Asks Why So Few Are Found Innocent

Since 2012, Chinese legal authorities have taken steps to prevent wrongful convictions, but one question is still being asked: why do Chinese courts acquit so few defendants? Researchers at Guangdong High People’s Court wanted to find out for themselves. Their research offers a fascinating view into acquittals–contributing factors, legal and societal impact, and the institutional barriers preventing them.

PHOTO A recently freed, wrongfully accused man becomes emotional during a 2014 interview.

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Xinjiang’s State Security Prisoners: Failing to Reform (Part 2 of 2)

In 2008 the Xinjiang Rule of Law Leading Small Group published a policy document examining the challenges of managing endangering state security (ESS) prisoners. Among the issues discussed in the document are the attitudes towards reform among ESS prisoners and methods for prisons to improve their reform work. The document emphasizes the “clear hostility” of ESS prisoners, noting that it is “extremely common” for them to resist reform.

PHOTO Twelve men accused of ESS are publicly sentenced in Xinjiang. Credit:

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China Adds Life Without Parole to Anti-Corruption Arsenal

Just before passing the ninth amendment to the Criminal Law late last month, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress inserted a new provision not included in draft amendments circulated for public consultation. This last-minute provision altered Article 383, covering the offense of corruption. Effective November 1, the provision authorizes courts, in certain cases, to sentence individuals to life in prison without sentence reduction or parole.

PHOTO National People’s Congress passes the ninth amendment to the Criminal Law in August.

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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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