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Dui Hua Digest

Dui Hua executive director John Kamm visited European capitals from September 20 to October 7, 2017. Kamm discussed developments in China with officials and diplomats in Copenhagen, Brussels, Geneva, Bern, Stockholm, and Oslo. He also huddled with scholars and representatives of non-governmental organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, exchanging information and opinions on the current state of human rights in China.

PHOTO Executive Director John Kamm and Switzerland’s State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl.
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The United States and European Union Hammer China at the Human Rights Council

At the 35th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva in June 2017, the European Union (EU) was unable to make a statement criticizing China’s human rights record under Item 4 of the Council agenda, “Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention.” The EU works under the consensus principle, meaning that all 28 member countries must agree on important foreign policy statements, and Greece, which has received massive investments and aid from China, refused to endorse the EU’s statement, effectively killing the initiative.

PHOTO: Statements delivered at the HRC by the US, China, the EU, and Germany. Image Credit: UN Web TV.

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The Importance of Mental Health Evaluations in Juvenile Cases

According to a National Conference of State Legislatures report, approximately 70 percent—or 2 million—juveniles arrested each year in the United States suffers from a mental health disorder. Dui Hua investigates the importance of juvenile competency statutes in guiding juvenile justice policy towards the more humane and sensible treatment of juvenile offenders.

PHOTO: Girls detained at a Santa Clarita detention facility in Los Angeles. Image Credit: LA Times.

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Dui Hua Digest

Dui Hua celebrates the ten year anniversary of the foundation’s Hong Kong office, our front-line presence in China where key research takes place. In prisoner updates, Dui Hua shares news of lesser known mainland-based bookseller cases involving politically sensitive books. This month’s John Kamm Remembers delves into the story of Falun Gong practitioner Liang Shaolin- the first case where Executive Director Kamm learned of “legal schools” used as carceral facilities.

PHOTO Dui Hua looks back at 10 Years in Hong Kong. Credit: Dui Hua Foundation.
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How Transparency in Death Penalty Cases Can Reduce Wrongful Convictions

In China’s criminal justice discourse, public calls for greater transparency around the use of the death penalty are not unheard of but are nevertheless eye-catching when they do appear, especially from well-known legal experts such as He Jiahong. Information related to the death penalty, including the number of executions carried out each year, continue to be treated as a closely guarded “state secret.”

PHOTO: Changsha Court public announcement of death sentences. Source: Hu Guiyun.

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