Surge in Foreign Prisoners in Beijing

Official statistics uncovered by Dui Hua show that the number of foreign citizens imprisoned in Beijing nearly quintupled between 2006 and 2010. The biggest increases came from Nigeria and Pakistan, indicating that drug trafficking may be a main driver of growth. Women accounted for a hefty 21 percent of foreign prisoners. Beijing statistics may represent a national upswing in the number of foreign nationals imprisoned in China.

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue we offer a briefing from Hong Kong. Tensions are high in the Special Administrative Region amid debate over the future of universal suffrage and looming threats of civil disobedience. We also discuss clemency for prisoners in Guangdong and the existence of scores of prisoners believed to be incarcerated nationwide for the long defunct crimes of counterrevolution and hooliganism. This month in Dui Hua history, we recall the prison visit and information exchange that gave birth to the US-China Legal Experts Dialogue.

PHOTO Hong Kong protesters burning copy of white paper. Credit: SCMP

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Dui Hua Celebrates 15th Anniversary

In celebration of Dui Hua’s 15th anniversary, a Friends of Dui Hua reception was held at the Presidio Private Golf Club on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Supporters and partners who participated in Dui Hua’s programs were among those who attended.

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Ministry: China Has 116 Custody and Education Centers

Critics of custody and education (C&E) have successfully used requests for “open government information” to get details about the form of arbitrary detention used to lock up Chinese sex workers and their clients. Among them, Beijing lawyer Zhao Yunheng recently received a reply from the Ministry of Public Security making public the number C&E centers, but raising questions about whether C&E is on the decline even if it has yet to be officially abolished.

PHOTO: Detainees participate in work training at a custody and education center in Jiangsu Province. Credit:

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Justice for Some, Notoriety for Others: Public Law Enforcement in China

Part of doing justice in the criminal process is protecting the dignity of people in custody, presuming their innocence, and providing them with the conditions necessary for fair trial. Since 1979 several Chinese laws and regulations have embodied these principles, but public arrests and sentencing and televised confessions continue to erode these values and impede the justice process.

PHOTO A public sentencing rally in Xinjiang on June 16, 2014. Credit: Tekesi County People’s Court

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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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