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China: SPC Issues New Regulations on the Release of Court Judgments Online

In a bid to increase judicial transparency, including the adjudication of sensitive political cases, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) recently released new regulations that unambiguously assign to courts throughout the country the responsibility for publicly releasing judgments. In this HRJ, Dui Hua provides a translation and analysis of the regulations.

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Activist Zhang Lin Released from Prison After Sentence Commutation

Veteran activist and writer Zhang Lin was released from Anhui’s Qianquan Prison on September 9, 2016. Zhang told family members that he is grateful to the American government for their concern, and to the Chinese government for treating him well. “We welcome Zhang Lin’s release from prison, and thank the authorities for commuting his sentence,” said John Kamm, Executive Director of the Dui Hua Foundation.

PHOTO Zhang Lin, in photo from 2013. Credit: rfa.org

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we discuss the recent G20 Conference in Hangzhou and the case of Sandy Phan-Gillis, the first American in a generation facing trial for spying on China for the US. In Roots, we recall the trip during which Executive Director Kamm learned that a family relative was serving in the US Senate.

PHOTO Presidents Obama and Xi during the G20 Conference in Hangzhou. Photo Credit: Reuters

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Chinese Officials Struggle to Counter Juvenile Crime Without Relying on Harsh Punishment

In May, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) announced that nearly 30 percent of juvenile arrests and over eight percent of juvenile indictments in China were not approved in 2015, compared with 18 percent and five percent in 2012. In general, authorities would prefer avoiding prolonged detentions of children who violate the law, but overreaching policies and rising juvenile violence stand in the way.

IMAGE Arrest and Indictment Rejections for Juveniles in China, 2012-2015. Sources: SPP; Dui Hua

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Will China Retry Gao Qinrong in Light of Anti-Corruption Campaign?

The case of Gao Qinrong harkens back to the earliest days of The Dui Hua Foundation, when his name was featured on many prisoner lists ahead of his early release in 2006. Ten years later, Gao is back in the news with a chance at a retrial that could clear his name.

PHOTO Gao Qinrong. Credit: bbc.com

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