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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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Dui Hua Book Review: The People’s Republic of the Disappeared

Dui Hua examines the stories of dissidents held under the coercive measure “residential surveillance in a designated location” in Michael Caster’s The People’s Republic of the Disappeared: Stories from Inside China’s System for Enforced Disappearances

PHOTO: Book Cover. Image Credit: RSDLMonitor.Com

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Dui Hua Welcomes Arrival of Zhang Lin in the United States

Veteran activist and writer Zhang Lin will arrive at New York’s JFK Airport on January 26, 2018. Zhang is being reunited with friends, including human rights activist Ms. Jing Zhang, and his daughters Anni and Ruli, who now reside in California. His daughters have been cared for by Ms. Reggie Littlejohn, a prominent women’s rights activist, and her husband. Ms. Littlejohn has worked tirelessly to bring about Zhang Lin’s release and safe passage to the United States.

PHOTO: Zhang Lin. Image Credit: Radio Free Asia.

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Dui Hua shares updates from the 17th Biannual Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations. Dui Hua has uncovered and received information on a number of political prisoners including: Hui farmer Ma Shengli, rights lawyer Tang Jingling, and labor activist and writer Liu Shaoming. In this month’s John Kamm Remembers, Kamm tells the story of his visit to Dongguan Prison in 2002, which at the time housed the largest population of foreign prisoners in China.

PHOTO AJFO, Santa Clara California.

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“Mandarin Only” Visitation Rules

The promotion of Mandarin as China’s lingua franca, commonly referred to as “tuipu,” has been one of the most sweeping initiatives implemented by the Chinese government. Within the carceral system, prisoners are not required to speak Mandarin among their peers, but the use of dialects and minority languages are subject to varying degrees of restrictions when it comes to family visitation rules.

PHOTO: Bilingual education class offered in a juvenile reformatory in Kashgar, Xinjiang. Image:

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Dui Hua is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that brings clemency and better treatment to at-risk detainees through promotion of universally recognized human rights in well-informed, mutually respectful dialogue with China.

We focus on four areas, with an aim to help at-risk detainees—political and religious prisoners, juvenile justice, women in prison, and selected issues in criminal justice. And we take a five-pronged approach, premised upon our belief that positive change is realized through constructive dialogue—advocacy, expert exchange, research, publications, and community engagement.

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