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Violent Crime and Juvenile Justice: Lessons for China and the United States

Recently, stories of violent crimes committed by juveniles, particularly girls, have featured widely in Chinese media. Stories include the case of a 14-year-old girl in Yunnan who was charged with homicide in cooperation with her much older boyfriend and a 12-year-old in Hunan who is suspected of having fatally poisoned two other primary school girls. Dui Hua researchers conducted case studies comparing different US state approaches to high profile felonies committed by juveniles 15 and younger. As Chinese officials consider policy reforms aimed at curbing violence among very young juveniles, perhaps lessons can be drawn from the US.

PHOTO: Juvenile residential placements by state. Source: OJJDP

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, find out how how human rights was raised the recent US-China Diplomatic & Security Dialogue. In prisoner news, Dui Hua reports a rare act of clemency granted to a Uyghur youth convicted of splittism and the formal arrest of a Sichuan-based female journalist. In this issue of John Kamm Remembers, Executive Director John Kamm tells the story of the “breakthrough” list of 1994, the first time the Chinese government provided written information on political prisoners

PHOTO First US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue Held in Washington D.C. Image Credit: VOA News.

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The “Hidden Rules” of China’s Criminal Justice System

The reform of China’s law-enforcement and judicial institutions has certainly made some progress in recent years, but are there problems in the country’s legal system that remain untouched by these reforms and continue to undermine the ability of those institutions to deliver justice? According to Professor Chen Ruihua, an expert on criminal procedure law at Peking University Law School, the answer is a resounding yes.

PHOTO: Rule of Law was a centerpiece of the Fourth Plenum meeting in October 2014. Image Credit: Getty Images.

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Liu Xiaobo Granted Medical Parole

According to an announcement posted on the website of the Liaoning Province Prison Administration Bureau, Liu Xiaobo, sentenced to 11 years in prison for inciting subversion in 2009, was recently granted medical parole “in accordance with the law.”

PHOTO: Liu Xiaobo. Image Credit: ABC News World News Tonight

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Chinese Court Decision Highlights the Need for Full Implementation of Anti-Domestic Violence Law

The Ordos Intermediate People’s Court in Inner Mongolia recently convicted a local government official of battering his wife—the journalist Hong Mei—to death. The case has received significant attention largely due to Hong’s standing as a successful journalist who had been reporting on domestic violence and the implementation of China’s year-old Anti-Domestic Violence Law.

PHOTO: A woman stands near videos from an exhibition on domestic violence in China. Source: The Guardian.

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Dui Hua is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that brings clemency and better treatment to at-risk detainees through promotion of universally recognized human rights in well-informed, mutually respectful dialogue with China.

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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