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Political & Religious Prisoners

Dui Hua’s prisoner advocacy began as a project to uncover the names of activists jailed during the crackdown on the pro-democracy demonstrations that culminated on June 4, 1989, with the Chinese army’s massacre of protesters in Tiananmen Square. Over the years, Dui Hua’s scope has broadened to encompass all individuals detained for the non-violent expression of their beliefs. Chinese activists are currently facing the largest crackdown on dissent since the founding of the PRC.

Juvenile Justice Juvenile Justice

International exchanges, including those organized by Dui Hua, have played an important role in the development of juvenile justice reform in China. In 2012, China added a juvenile section to its Criminal Procedure Law, codifying the principle of education first, punishment second. In 2011, the country amended its Criminal Law to recommend suspended sentences for youth who commit minor offenses. While attention to juvenile justice has resulted in many positive reforms, partnerships and further innovation are necessary to ensure their successful implementation.

Women in Prison

A growing number of women are being incarcerated around the globe. China is no exception, tallying more than 93,000 women prisoners in 2011. Dui Hua hopes to increase dialogue and exchange on women prisoners in an effort to promote the implementation of minimum standards enshrined in the Bangkok Rules and ensure that women prisoners are treated with dignity and respect. (Photo credit: Tianfu Morning Paper)

Criminal Justice

When there is little presumption of innocence and much support for retributive justice, everyone in conflict with the law is at risk. In order to protect internationally recognized human rights and ensure the humanitarian treatment of people at odds with the law, Dui Hua focuses on criminal justice issues ranging from criminal procedures to capital punishment. (Photo credit: Xinhua News Agency)