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Dui Hua Digest

On the evening of February 28, friends of Dui Hua gathered at the foundation’s San Francisco office to celebrate the Spring Festival. In prisoner news, Dui Hua has received information on acts of clemency for prisoners serving sentences for endangering state security. This month’s John Kamm Remembers tells the story of how a US-China sister city relationship was utilized to advocate for imprisoned labor activists in Fujian province – “the Sanming Eight”.

PHOTO Executive Director John Kamm delivers remarks at Dui Hua’s Spring Festival Open House.

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Uncovering the Obscurity of “Educational Placement”

Dui Hua’s research into online judgments has uncovered the first known case of “educational placement” (安置教育, anzhi jiaoyu), a measure imposed on prisoners who are considered “a danger to society” even after they have completed their sentences for terrorism or extremism offenses. Educational placement is a new measure included in the Counterterrorism Law which took effect on January 1, 2016.

PHOTO: The public sentencing of 55 people in a stadium in Yining, northern Xinjiang province. Image Credit: AP.

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Despite Tensions, American Attitudes Towards China Improve

Gallup’s annual survey of American attitudes towards foreign countries has been released. It shows that 53 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of China, versus 45 percent who have an unfavorable view of the country. This marks the first time that the long-running poll has yielded in a majority favorability rating for China since the events of June 1989 nearly 30 years ago.

PHOTO: American’s with favorable and unfavorable views of China. Source: Gallup Poll.

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Ban on Islamic Clothing in Xinjiang

In enforcing restrictions on Islamic clothing, Chinese officials have denied that veils are a part of Uyghur culture and have attempted to stigmatize wearers as uneducated and sharing a propensity towards religious extremism. Not only has Xinjiang outlawed the wearing of veils in public, but Dui Hua has also uncovered cases of individuals facing criminal charges for wearing veils in their own homes and for selling the banned clothing items.

PHOTO: Pedestrians walk past propaganda posters in Urumqi, Xinjiang. Image credit: The Uyghur American Association.

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Dui Hua Digest

Executive Director John Kamm shares updates from his recent trip to Beijing, where he was received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held meetings with Chinese human rights officials and the Supreme People’s Court. In prisoner updates, Dui Hua reports on sentence reductions for women serving sentences at Guangdong Women’s Prison. In this month’s John Kamm Remembers, Kamm finishes the story of his visit to Dongguan Prison, where he helped bring about the better treatment and early release of Chinese scholar Xu Zerong.

PHOTO Executive Director John Kamm and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong. Image credit:

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