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Dui Hua Welcomes Return of Sandy Phan-Gillis to the United States

On April 25, 2017, the Nanning Intermediate People’s Court in Nanning, capital of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, convicted American businesswoman Sandy Phan-Gillis of espionage and sentenced her to three and one-half years’ imprisonment and deportation. On April 28, Ms. Phan-Gillis was deported. She arrived in Los Angeles the same day. She was met upon arrival by her husband and members of her family.

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Medical Parole for Li Baocheng: Increasing Judicial Transparency

Li Baocheng (李保成), a 79-year-old Christian Church leader from the central province of Henan, is finally being considered for medical parole after receiving a four-year sentence for fraud and “inciting subversion” in December 2015. As Dui Hua first reported a year ago, authorities in the city of Nanyang accused Li Baocheng of illicitly collecting “baptism fees” from members of his Huangjinduo Christian Church and organizing a political party aimed at overthrowing the Chinese Communist Party.

PHOTO: Prayers at an underground home church in Beijing. Source: BBC.

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, Executive Director John Kamm shares the results of his trip to Beijing. Highlights include meetings with officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme People’s Court, and senior diplomats. In Roots, Kamm tells the story of Liu Baiqiang — “The Locust Man.”

PHOTO Executive Director John Kamm and Vice Minister Li Baodong. Image Credit:

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China Could Find Lessons From the Fifty States

In countries across the world, punitive policies are contributing to serious prison overcrowding issues, with many national prison systems holding more than double their official capacity. And what’s more is that the number of women in prison is growing at a faster rate than men. By contrast, non-custodial measures have routinely proven to prevent recidivism and lower the number of women in prison.

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Wrongful Conviction for Counterrevolutionary Incitement Resurfaces

When China set off on its path of “reform and opening,” the country’s judicial system was enlisted to address many of the politically motivated judgments that had been handed down during the Mao era. One example of residual injustice from this period recently came to light via Liu Xiaoyuan, a Beijing-based criminal defense lawyer. Liu recently blogged about being contacted by an 80-year-old man from Henan who has spent most of the past four decades trying to get his elder brother’s 1980 conviction for “counterrevolutionary incitement” overturned.

PHOTO: Workers gather to denounce the crimes of the “Gang of Four.” Image credit:

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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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