Dui Hua Digest

In this issue we offer a briefing on wide-ranging talks between Dui Hua and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Supreme People’s Court in Beijing. We also discuss a rare instance of clemency for a Uyghur prisoner convicted of endangering state security. This month in Dui Hua history, we recall the discovery of what has become a staple of our research and advocacy work.

PHOTO MFA Senior Vice Minister Li Baodong meets with Dui Hua Executive Director John Kamm. Credit: MFA

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Zhonggong: The Subversive Business of Qigong

Qigong is meant to heal, but according to Chinese authorities, it can also harm. The central government has banned 14 “harmful” qigong organizations not including Falun Gong, which was outlawed as a “cult.” Though given a presumably less serious stigma, the “harmful” qigong organization known as Zhonggong has experienced suppression similar to that of Falun Gong. Dui Hua’s Political Prisoner Database includes information on two dozen Zhonggong leaders including 13 charged with inciting subversion.

PHOTO Gathering of qigong practitioners in the 80′s. Credit: Netease News

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Gao Zhisheng Begins Sentence of Deprivation of Political Rights

Chinese rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟) completed his three-year sentence for inciting subversion today. Gao was accompanied by his brother and taken by police escort from a remote prison to his father-in-law’s house in Urumqi, Xinjiang. He now begins a one-year sentence of deprivation of political rights (DPR), curbing his freedom of speech and movement. Dui Hua translates the little known regulations that pertain to DPR and Gao’s circumstances in the year ahead.

PHOTO Gao Zhisheng was released from Xijiang’s Shaya Prison on August 7, 2014. Credit: rfa.org

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

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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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