Transparency is essential to judicial systems that uphold the rule of law and protect human rights. While there are signs of progress, in many respects China’s judicial system remains opaque. Monitoring and uncovering information about the status and treatment of prisoners is crucial to the foundation’s advocacy efforts and to upholding the dignity and rights of all prisoners of conscience. One of Dui Hua’s main activities is the preparation of lists of political and religious detainees incarcerated in China for submission to the Chinese government. These prisoner lists have played a vital role in human rights diplomacy between China and other countries and organizations.
Dui Hua’s quarterly prisoner updates provides the latest information staff researchers have uncovered through online and library research and through direct dialogue with the Chinese government.