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Dui Hua Digest

In this issue of Digest, Dui Hua releases a translation into Chinese of a key resource on girls in the criminal justice system. In prisoner news, Dui Hua has uncovered groundbreaking information on how the measure of “educational placement” is being applied to Uyghurs in Xinjiang. In this month’s John Kamm Remembers, Kamm tells the story of how he found himself in Shanghai in 1976 at a mini trade fair which coincided with the death of Premier Zhou Enlai.

PHOTO Image credit: Pew Research Center.

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“All Criminal Defendants to Have Lawyers”: Is Access to Defense Lawyers Enough in a System Designed Against Defendants? (Part 1 of 2)

In January 2018, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) announced that “all criminal defendants are to have defense lawyers.” Pilot projects in various provinces across China have since launched with this goal in mind. Dui Hua analyzes shortcomings in the pilot projects including their failure to address the role of defense counsel in pre-trial contexts and the overemphasis on measuring success by coverage rather than quality of defense.

PHOTO: Notice given to defense lawyer Sui Muqing, claiming Sui was in violation of court rules. Image credit: HKFP.

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The Arbitrary Classification of State Secrets

What counts as a state secret and who is considered a foreign entity? Dui Hua investigates how the classification system can be highly problematic, and the application of the offence can run counter to international norms, trumping individual rights of expression under the guise of safeguarding state security.

PHOTO: CCTV airs journalist Gao Yu’s confession of “illegally procuring/trafficking in state secrets for foreign entities,”

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Stalemate on Detention Center Law

It has been more than a year since the Ministry of Public Security circulated a draft of the new Detention Center Law for a one-month period of public comment. The consultation period served as an opportunity for Chinese legal scholars and lawyers to reiterate their strong criticism of the current system of detention and express their visions for reform—positions which have been relatively consistent for many years.

PHOTO: Detention centers in China are currently governed by a set of administrative regulations issued in 1990. Image credit: Sixth Tone.

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Dui Hua Digest

Dui Hua shares updates from a recent trip to the East Coast where meetings were held with U.S. and Chinese government officials and library research was conducted. In prisoner news, find out about newly uncovered information concerning members of an underground opposition group in Guangdong. In this month’s John Kamm Remembers, Kamm finishes the story of his involvement in the Article 23 debates at the Hong Kong Legislative Council in 2003.

PHOTO US-China relations continue to worsen; there are no plans to hold sessions of the four “Strategic Dialogue Mechanisms.” Image credit: AP.

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