Dui Hua Digest

In the inaugural issue of our monthly newsletter, we talk about the treatment and upcoming release of Tibetan filmmaker Dhundop Wangchen (pictured at left, credit: wikipedia) and recount the arrest of two Henan residents in 1998. Launched to commemorate our 15-year anniversary, the newsletter also features information on events, recent publications, and a notable event from this month in Dui Hua history.

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Hong Kong Residents Adrift in Mainland Prisons?

After the recent death in custody of civil society advocate Cao Shunli, the situations of people like Hong Kong residents Yang Kuang and Yao Wentian—who are detained on the mainland and have histories of activism and signs of ill health—must be monitored and their rights protected. How this is done depends in part on the citizenship and residency status of the detained. Dui Hua estimates that about 2,000 Hong Kong residents are incarcerated in mainland China.

PHOTO Yang Kuang at Shenzhen No. 1 Detention Center. Credit: Sui Muqing

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RTL End Pushes Kids into Prison, Procurator Calls for Reform

Last year’s decision to abolish reeducation through labor (RTL) has left one particular group in a kind of institutional limbo. Juvenile delinquents sent to “custody and rehabilitation” had been held in RTL facilities since 1996, and the closure of those sites has resulted in some juveniles, with no criminal responsibility, being sent to prison. Calling for reform, an official at the Supreme People’s Procuratorate says this is counterproductive to crime prevention and a violation of Chinese law and human rights.

PHOTO Inside Shaanxi Province Juvenile Reformatory, December 2013. Credit: Sunshine Daily

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A Safer, More Harmonious China?

Chinese arrests and indictments dropped in 2013, according to statistics released by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on March 10. Indictments for endangering state security (ESS) declined an estimated 21 percent year-on-year in 2013, according to an analysis by The Dui Hua Foundation, aided in part by a reclassification of crimes. During the year, 830 people were indicted for ESS, putting ESS indictments at their lowest level since 2007.

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Chinese Women’s Prisons: Areas for Improvement

At Dui Hua’s Women in Prison symposium, Renmin University of China Law School Professor Cheng Lei presented independent field research conducted in Chinese women’s prisons and detention centers. Painting a picture of basic quality of life issues, his team focused on physical health and hygiene, marriage and family rights, mental health, and dignity and privacy protection.

PHOTO Women in Prison: An International Symposium on the Bangkok Rules took place at the University of Hong Kong in February.

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