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Roots of Dui Hua and John Kamm Remembers

The activism of John Kamm, in the nine years prior to his establishment of Dui Hua in 1999, formed the basis for Dui Hua’s ongoing mission to help at-risk detainees in China. Select a story below to learn more about his interventions during the 1990s.

The Singing Nuns of Drapchi

In 2002, Ngawang Sangdrol, a Tibetan nun who was put in prison at the age of 13 for counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement was released from prison.

Special Prisoner 01

In 1993, Kamm intervened on behalf of veteran Democracy Wall Movement activist Xu Wenli, otherwise known by Chinese authorities as “Special Prisoner 01”. His release was a high priority for the US and human rights groups.

To Lhasa for Jigme Sangpo

In this debut of John Kamm Remembers, Kamm tells the story of his visit to Lhasa in 2002 to help arrange the release of the longest serving Tibetan political prisoner Jigme Sangpo.

A Victory for Rights Diplomacy

On September 23, 1993, journalist Xi Yang, a reporter for the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao was detained on suspicion of “stealing state secrets”.

A Prison Without Walls

In 1993, Wang Xizhe, a leader of the Democracy Wall movement was released from prison.

Clemency for Bai Weiji

In 1992, Kamm intervened on behalf of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official detained by China’s state security police on suspicion of trafficking in state secrets…

Cousin Orrin

In October 1997, American businessman and human rights activist John Kamm flew to Hong Kong to start a two-week trip that would also take him to Dalian and Beijing…

The Bell Tolls for Zhu Jianbin

In the early 1990’s, Kamm read about Democracy Wall activist Zhu Jianbin in an article by Nicholas Kristof, who wrote “[Zhu’s] very existence has been virtually obliterated”…

Clemency for Counterrevolutionaries?

After China eliminated the crime of counterrevolution in 1997, Kamm presented a clemency proposal for counterrevolutionaries to the Clinton administration for delivery to the Chinese government…

I Guess You’d Call it a Miracle

In early 1991, after stepping down as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, John Kamm began working to help political prisoners in China, starting with several visits to Guangzhou…

Mining the Headlines

In April 1992, private businessman John Kamm was granted a meeting with Vice Minister of Justice Jin Jian and Prison Administration Bureau Director Wang Mingdi…

The Last Tiananmen Trial

The Chinese government, desperate to save its access to the American market, gave Kamm high-level access to air his appeals on behalf of political prisoners in the early 1990’s…

Ten Names, One List

American businessman John Kamm, by 1999 the Executive Director of The Dui Hua Foundation, stepped up his efforts to engage the Chinese government in a dialogue on human rights…

China Frees Catholics for Olympics, MFN

By late 1991, John Kamm was increasingly seen as a middleman in securing the release of Chinese prisoners of conscience…

Releasing People … Is No Big Deal

Of Kamm’s many meetings during the early 1990s, none was more important than the meeting with Communist Party of China Politburo Standing Committee member Li Ruihuan on November 25, 1991…

You’re on a Businessman’s List

In February 1995, American businessman John Kamm traveled to Beijing to review progress of his effort to systematically obtain information on people imprisoned for counterrevolutionary crimes…

Early Release of June 4 Protesters

When Kamm visited Qingdao in March 1999, the city was reeling from the Asian financial crisis…

Kamm Meets “China’s 007”

In the summer of 1992, Kamm received a request to intervene on behalf of Hong Kong businessman Chong Kwee-sung. Chong, an American green card holder, was taken into custody at the border crossing between Hong Kong and mainland China…