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Is Life Without Parole Sentence a Signal of China’s Will to Reduce Executions?

Former high-ranking officials Bai Enpei and Wei Pengyuan have become the first individuals in China sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of a sentence reduction or parole (“life without parole,” or LWOP). The sentences for Bai and Wei were made possible by last year’s amendments to the PRC Criminal Law, which included a new provision that authorizes judges to issue LWOP along with suspended death sentences in extremely serious corruption cases.

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Dui Hua Digest

Dui Hua Executive Director John Kamm spent the week of October 24th in Beijing exchanging opinions with senior Chinese foreign affairs and judicial officials, and meeting high ranking diplomats of foreign embassies. Highlights of the trip included Kamm’s meetings with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong, China’s most senior diplomat in charge of international affairs, including human rights, and Deputy Director General Zhou Jiahai of the Research Department of the Supreme People’s Court.

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The Case of Feng Zhiming: A Question of Accountability

On October 18, a court in Inner Mongolia sentenced the former deputy police chief of Hohhot, Feng Zhiming, to 18 years in prison. Feng’s conviction on charges of corruption, taking bribes, having large amounts of property that cannot be accounted for, and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition made national headlines, in part because of his connection to one of China’s most infamous cases of wrongful conviction and execution of an innocent person— the case of Huugjilt.

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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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