International Opinion of China’s Rights Record Sours, Poll

An annual poll published this week by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project includes for the first time comparative data on how sample populations in 34 countries view the Chinese government’s human rights record. When asked whether “the government of China respect[s] the personal rights of its people,” a majority or plurality of populations in 18 of the countries said “no.” In 21 countries, the percentage of negative responses increased over the last year.

PHOTO Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and US President Barak Obama at the Sunnyland Summit in June 2013. Credit: AP

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue, we highlight the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) China Program and discuss two prisoners who were given harsh sentences for inciting subversion nearly a decade before Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo. This month in Dui Hua history, we recount the story of the Yahoo! Internet cases, which Dui Hua helped uncover in July 2007.

PHOTO IATL co-chair Jim McManis. Credit: Ann Palmer Photography

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Identifying Cult Organizations in China

Chinese media scrambled to identify “cult” organizations after a woman was reportedly beaten to death by six members of Almighty God at a McDonald’s restaurant in May. The longest list of 20 organizations and was compiled by the China Anti-Cult Association. However, Dui Hua research shows that the list is not exhaustive and that cult activities rarely involve violence.

PHOTO Xinhua explains “truth” about cults in China. Credit: Xinhuanet.com

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Is Detention Center Law Enough to Prevent Police Abuse?

The Ministry of Public Security is drafting a Detention Center Law to bring practices at detention centers in line with revisions to the Criminal Procedure Law that came into force last year. Experts express optimism about the prospects for specific reforms to be integrated into the new law, but there is also an undercurrent of disappointment. More far-reaching proposals appear to be off the table, and for the time being at least, China’s police seem poised to retain control over pre-trial detention.

PHOTO Inside Zhejiang Zhoushan Detention Center, July 2013. Credit: eastday.com

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China’s Supreme Court Overturns Death Sentence of Domestic Violence Survivor

In a landmark ruling with far-reaching implications for survivors of domestic violence, China’s Supreme People’s Court has overturned the death sentence of Li Yan (李彦, pictured left), a 43-year-old woman who killed her husband in November 2010. The case has been sent back to the Sichuan High People’s Court for retrial.

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