Dui Hua advocates for clemency and better treatment for at-risk detainees through respectful, well-informed dialogue with China.Learn More
Dui Hua engages China in mutually respectful dialogue with the aims of securing the release and better treatment of individuals incarcerated for non-violent expression of political or religious beliefs and promoting transparency and rule of law. Pioneered by Dui Hua, one of foundation’s main activities is the preparation of lists of political and religious detainees incarcerated in China for submission to the Chinese government. The lists are compiled through Dui Hua’s research and its Political Prisoner Database, using open-source materials. They contain the names of widely known and lesser known prisoners. As vehicles for expressing concern about individual cases, the lists have contributed directly to better treatment and early release for hundreds of prisoners.
Bilateral human rights dialogues: Dui Hua’s prisoner lists have played a vital role in human rights diplomacy between China and other countries and organizations as well. In addition to directly submitting lists to Chinese officials, Dui Hua prepares prisoner lists for use by the United Nations, heads of state, national legislators, non-governmental organizations, and nearly all the countries which hold human rights dialogues with the Chinese government.
United Nations: Dui Hua enjoys Special Consultative Status with its Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Dui Hua has participated in all of China’s Universal Periodic Reviews at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which took place in 2009, 2013, and 2018, when Dui Hua’s submission focused on judicial transparency. Dui Hua also makes submissions to the United States’ UPR when it finds such action appropriate.
Dui Hua conducts expert exchange as a means of increasing transparency and mutual understanding. Leveraging its partnerships with Chinese officials, Dui Hua focuses on identifying common ground between China and the West and facilitating mutually respectful dialogue. Juvenile justice, for example, has been a productive area of exchange because reform of the juvenile justice system is one of the top priorities of the Chinese government. Dui Hua’s exchanges have contributed to concrete reforms in China’s juvenile justice system.
Central to Dui Hua’s advocacy work is its robust research. Dui Hua uses open online and offline sources worldwide to gather official government data and unofficial reports on China’s criminal justice system. Information on prisoners, court verdicts, regulations, and statistics feed into our databases, programs, and publications. Dui Hua maintains the world’s largest databases of China’s political and religious prisoners and a growing catalogue of social unrest in China. In August 2016, the SPC issued regulations requiring that courts publish all judgments online, albeit with a few important exceptions. Subsequently, the number of judgments in “sensitive” cases – notably those involving the crimes of counterrevolution, endangering state security (ESS), and “using an evil cult to sabotage implementation of the law” – found by Dui Hua has increased. Dui Hua is believed to be the only NGO that systematically examines judicial websites across local, provincial, and national levels to uncover names of individuals tried in cases of ESS and other political and religious crimes, and track updates concerning their whereabouts, health, and clemency status. Judgments discovered on court websites inform Dui Hua’s dialogue with the Chinese government on prisoners.
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Dui Hua emphasizes the importance of respectful dialogue by reaching out to the public in the United States and abroad. Organizing and participating in talks, events, and public affairs forums, Dui Hua has engaged thousands. Dui Hua organizes Friends of Dui Hua receptions in San Francisco and events at diverse venues to give updates on China human rights developments, US-China relations, and Dui Hua’s work. In addition, Executive Director John Kamm has been invited to speak at forums such as UC Berkeley, Columbia University, the Commonwealth Club, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, the European Institute for Asian Studies, and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.