22 YEARS OF ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH
This past April, the Dui Hua Foundation celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Dui Hua (对话, meaning “dialogue” in Chinese) was founded in April 1999 by Executive Director John Kamm, a businessman turned human rights activist, and close friends. Through more than 20 years of well-informed and respectful dialogue with the Chinese government, Dui Hua has helped secure clemency and better treatment for hundreds of prisoners of conscience through its unique five-pronged approach: advocacy, expert exchanges, research, publications, and community engagement.
In 2021, Dui Hua has been having important conversations. Along with Dui Hua’s own Girls’ Symposium webinars, Executive Director John Kamm has spoken at four external events. During these exchanges, Kamm engaged the community and explored Dui Hua’s advocacy work from many angles, looking at the current political climate, and the relationship between business and human rights.
On April 8, Kamm spoke to San Francisco University Club members about President Biden’s posture towards China and the difficult situation he has inherited. In a wide-ranging Q&A, Kamm touched on everything from the future of Hong Kong to the question of the US ambassador’s role in easing tensions between the US and China. You can watch the event in full below.
In late March, Dui Hua took part in two unique outreach events centered around religion, hosted by Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church and the US-China Catholic Society. You can watch John Kamm’s remarks to Trinity-by-the-Cove here.
On March 24, Kamm addressed members of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), briefing this group of young executives on the ways business strategies can apply to human right work. He recounted his transition from vice president of a multinational corporation to the founder of a human rights non-profit, and the lessons he learned along the way.
Outreach like this is just one part of Dui Hua’s exciting work. Find out more about what we’ve accomplished by reading below!
DUI HUA PRISONER LISTS
Dui Hua submits prisoner lists directly to the Chinese government and through international organizations and foreign governments.
Prisoners in our Political Prisoner Database
Requests to the Chinese government for information on over 2,100 prisoners
Prisoners the Chinese government has provided responses on
Prisoners on our lists who received acts of clemency and better treatment
DID YOU KNOW?
Prisoner Inquiries to Chinese Government
Dui Hua remains the only organization able to submit inquiries on cases to the Chinese government and receive information in response.
Political & Religious Prisoner Database
Dui Hua hosts the most comprehensive database on Chinese prisoners of conscience.
Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC
Dui Hua is the one of the few overseas NGOs focused on China’s human rights that holds a “special consultative status” with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Research and Resources
Dui Hua takes a pioneering approach to its research on prisoners of conscience in China, relying on the use of open sources.
OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY
Dui Hua staff frequently travel to Europe, China, and Hong Kong to further strengthen the foundation’s political partnerships and advocacy efforts. We remain engaged with our supporters across the globe through our publications and events.
Advocacy, outreach, and research trips by Dui Hua
Advocacy meetings with the Chinese government
Dui Hua publications
Expert Exchanges on Juvenile Justice and Women in Prison
WHAT THEY SAY
“I am…moved by your concern about those imprisoned activists who are not prominent. I applaud your efforts, both for the principles your work embodies and lives you have affected.“
FORMER US PRESIDENT
“Efforts by organizations like Dui Hua are vital to advancing human rights in China and around the world.”
FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE
“No other person or organization in the world…has helped more Chinese prisoners.”
NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
“With American attention, prison conditions improved, and all prisoners benefited.”
FREED POLITICAL PRISONER
“ NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO ABANDON THE DIALOGUE.
IT IS TIME TO REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS. ”
Dui Hua is determined to continue advocating on behalf of at-risk detainees in China and providing more resources for concerned citizens on the development of human rights in China. To reflect our goal and effort, we recently revamped Dui Hua’s website and added a “Resource” section to provide more information on publications, prisoner updates and more.
Thanks to your dedication and generosity, Dui Hua’s impact will grow even larger in the years to come.
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