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About Dui Hua

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About Dui HuaDui Hua (对话, meaning “dialogue” in Chinese) is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that seeks clemency and better treatment for at-risk detainees through the promotion of universally recognized human rights in a well-informed, mutually respectful dialogue with China. Focusing on political and religious prisoners, juvenile justice, women in prison, and issues in criminal justice, our work rests on the premise that positive change is realized through constructive relationships and exchange.

Established in 1999, Dui Hua achieves its mission through five approaches: advocacy, expert exchange, research, publications, and community engagement. With offices in San Francisco and Hong Kong, and a deep understanding of both Western and Chinese society and politics, Dui Hua engages in and facilitates dialogue that advances the rights of at-risk detainees. As a testament to our work, Dui Hua enjoys special consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council and is the only independent NGO focused on human rights in China to have such status.

What They Say


Chinese Embassy in Italy


“No other person or organization in the world … has helped more Chinese prisoners.”
Tina Rosenberg, “John Kamm’s Third Way,” The New York Times Magazine

“I am particularly moved by your concern about those imprisoned activists who are not prominent. I applaud your efforts, both for the principles your work embodies and the lives you have affected.”
Bill Clinton, Former US President

“Dui Hua has had great success in the field of international human rights … developing close cooperation with the Chinese government … and establishing open channels of communication.”
Sun Yunxi, Former Chinese Ambassador to Italy

“The one organization which has achieved the most in the human rights field in China.”
Kristoffer Ronneberg, Aftenposten

“With American attention, prison conditions improved, and all prisoners benefited.”
Xu Zerong, Scholar and freed political prisoner

Photo credits (from top): The New York Times Magazine; Chinese Embassy in Italy; Dongguan Prison.