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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we discuss the showdown at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council that set the tone of Dui Hua’s recent trip to Europe. In prisoner news, we report sentence reductions for two people convicted of spying for Taiwan who were included on prisoner lists submitted last year. Looking back, we tell the story of the executive director’s trip to a prison previously inaccessible to foreign visitors.

PHOTO On March 10, 2016, American Ambassador Keith Harper (pictured) read a joint statement criticizing China’s “deteriorating” human rights record during the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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Last Known Tiananmen Prisoner to be Released in October

Dui Hua has learned that Miao Deshun (苗德顺), the last known prisoner still serving a sentence for offenses committed during the June 1989 distrubances in Beijing, has been granted an 11-month sentence reduction. He is now due to be released from Beijing’s Yanqing Prison on October 15, 2016.

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China’s Average “Death Row” Prisoner Waits 2 Months for Execution

How long do Chinese “death row” prisoners wait between the time their sentences are approved by the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and execution? Dui Hua recently analyzed roughly 500 SPC review decisions in an attempt to answer this surprisingly complex question.

PHOTO A court official reads a decision confirming sentence to a death row inmate.

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, we review Dui Hua research and speaking engagements on the East Coast. Last month, researchers uncovered records related to the 1989 June Fourth protests in Hubei, Inner Mongolia’s religious underground, and the sentence reduction of former Chongqing county official Rao Wenwei. Looking back at our roots, we share the story of organizer and rights activist Zhang Xianliang.

PHOTO Executive Director Kamm discusses Dui Hua’s work at Boston University in March 2016.

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China State Security Trials Fell 50 Percent in 2015, Official Data Suggest

Chinese courts heard 50 percent fewer endangering state security (ESS) trials in 2015, according to Dui Hua’s analysis of data released in the annual work report of China’s Supreme People’s Court. Dui Hua believes the decline represents an increase in the use of non-ESS charges to prosecute political activism.

PHOTO Pu Zhiqiang (pictured) was arrested for “inciting splittism”, but convicted of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.

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