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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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Violent Crime and Juvenile Justice: Lessons for China and the United States

Recently, stories of violent crimes committed by juveniles, particularly girls, have featured widely in Chinese media. Stories include the case of a 14-year-old girl in Yunnan who was charged with homicide in cooperation with her much older boyfriend and a 12-year-old in Hunan who is suspected of having fatally poisoned two other primary school girls. Dui Hua researchers conducted case studies comparing different US state approaches to high profile felonies committed by juveniles 15 and younger. As Chinese officials consider policy reforms aimed at curbing violence among very young juveniles, perhaps lessons can be drawn from the US.

PHOTO: Juvenile residential placements by state. Source: OJJDP

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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, find out how how human rights was raised the recent US-China Diplomatic & Security Dialogue. In prisoner news, Dui Hua reports a rare act of clemency granted to a Uyghur youth convicted of splittism and the formal arrest of a Sichuan-based female journalist. In this issue of John Kamm Remembers, Executive Director John Kamm tells the story of the “breakthrough” list of 1994, the first time the Chinese government provided written information on political prisoners

PHOTO First US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue Held in Washington D.C. Image Credit: VOA News.

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The “Hidden Rules” of China’s Criminal Justice System

The reform of China’s law-enforcement and judicial institutions has certainly made some progress in recent years, but are there problems in the country’s legal system that remain untouched by these reforms and continue to undermine the ability of those institutions to deliver justice? According to Professor Chen Ruihua, an expert on criminal procedure law at Peking University Law School, the answer is a resounding yes.

PHOTO: Rule of Law was a centerpiece of the Fourth Plenum meeting in October 2014. Image Credit: Getty Images.

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