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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we take a look at what positions toward human rights a Trump or Clinton administration might adopt. We share news of the sentence commutation of veteran activist and writer Zhang Lin. In Roots, we recall one of Executive Director Kamm’s earliest interventions in Beijing involving a state secrets case.

PHOTO The Presidential debate on September 26, 2016. Photo Credit: Variety.

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China: New Rules on Electronic Data Collection Take Effect

On October 1, a new set of rules took effect in China that raised alarms when first introduced last month. Observers worry that new provisions issued jointly by the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, and the Ministry of Public Security, would mean that from now on, every word you say in a Weibo post or WeChat circle could be used against you in court.

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Earthquake Victim Sentenced to Prison for Desecrating Flag

The earthquake on April 25, 2015 also devastated the neighboring Southwestern Tibet region. Disaster relief efforts often produce tensions between government officials and those whose lives have been most affected. A Tingri county resident whose home was destroyed in the quake and whose apparent frustration with inaction by local officials led to a symbolic act of protest that put him in prison for two and half years.

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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:

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